SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
A request was made earlier this year to reconstruct and repair the Sioux City Police and Fire headquarters. On Tuesday morning, the City Council agreed to honor their request, but on one condition, the money must be used to improve safety concerns within the facility.
To help determine this, a study will be done on the facility. Some of the things they will assess are the headquarters' walls, roof and concrete.
Before a motion was made, there was a heated discussion between the Mayor and Chief of Police.
"I hope we take care of the things that are for the safety of the employees and we do a really good job of determining the difference between needs and wants on this project," said Mayor Bob Scott.
"I can assure you that there's no wants in this at all, these are needs," said Chief of Police Doug Young.
Mayor Scott interrupts, "That's what I don't understand. We know that we've assessed this, we spend $38,000 to assess it. Engineer it and get it done. It's time to either decide what you're going to do on this building or you guys live with that you've got, I guess."
The budget for the Police and Fire headquarters renovation project has a current cash balance of over $200,000. However, the total cost of the project would be over $2 million. Mayor Scott moved that the project receive an additional $1.8 million in next fiscal year's budget. The City Council passed the motion with a five-to-zero vote.
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