Cedar Falls seeks gaming grant for new safety building – Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

CEDAR FALLS — The town is making use of for what could be, in Cedar Falls, a file greenback quantity to the Black Hawk County Gaming Affiliation towards a new public safety building.

The Metropolis Council final week permitted making use of for $750,000 for the up-to $11 million undertaking. If permitted, in complete that will be the biggest greenback-worth grant the affiliation has given for a undertaking in Cedar Falls.

Previously, the affiliation awarded three separate $500,000 grants every for a tennis courts undertaking undertaken by town, Cedar Falls faculties and the College of Northern Iowa; one to UNI alone for UNI-Dome soccer turf; and one to UNI for a scoreboard on the Dome.

Metropolis authorities individually beforehand acquired $450,000 for pedestrian, bike safety and landscaping enhancements for the College Avenue reconstruction undertaking. The affiliation additionally granted $150,000 for the Island Park Seashore Home reconstruction undertaking.

The town’s request could also be taken up late this 12 months or early subsequent, relying when the applying is filed, mentioned fee administrator Beth Knipp.

Cedar Falls Public Safety Director Jeff Olson mentioned town’s hoping to use for the grant and let bids for development earlier than 12 months’s finish, on the finish of the present development season, with a view to maintain prices down.

Olson and metropolis workers outlined why they really feel the building is required.

The prevailing most important hearth station at East 18th and Predominant streets, inbuilt 1957, is in a flood zone, and a few of the flooring has been changed as a result of water harm. Parking is proscribed; automobile exhaust is badly ventilated. The bay doorways are slim for fashionable vehicles and the building will have to be changed quickly. It might stay in operation as a fireplace substation if the new building is constructed.

The present police division, within the basement of Metropolis Corridor, is cramped. Officers have to put in writing incident stories and take statements in hallways; there's solely a one-stall sally port; the prisoner non permanent holding facility is near sufferer and witness areas and prisoners generally must share cells; workers is scattered in numerous elements of the building; there's a lack of space for storing and different departments in Metropolis Corridor would really like extra house. Police additionally use a number of buildings for storage of tactical gear, proof and different gadgets.

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