Marshalltown reveals possible police, fire station locations

Two locations that could house new police and fire stations and would cost nearly $600,000 were revealed by city officials Wednesday.

Mayor Jim Lowrance said if a bond referendum is passed, the new fire department will be located at Second and High Street, a location commonly known as the first old Econo Foods site and location of the Marshalltown Community School District bus transfer site.

At a separate location, the police department would be located at 1203 S. Sixth St., a location commonly known as the old Crosby Pool site adjacent to the Legion Golf Course.

City council members locked in a price of $515,000 for the fire station lot and $70,000 for the police station lot with the owners, should Marshalltown voters pass the bond issue.

In the coming months a request for qualifications will be released for architectural services for the design of the facilities, said Randy Wetmore, city administrator.

The city council previously approved spending up to $225,000 to hire someone to design a project for the facilities.

A firm will be selected and in three to four months preliminary plans will be created to provide the public with an idea the of what the design and cost of the project will be, Wetmore said.

The timing of the bond election will depend on when the preliminary plans are complete.

Open house events will be held to show the public the proposed plans for both buildings, Wetmore said.

The team of city council members, the Citizen Committee and city staff will work to create a plan that will address the needs of both departments in a fiscally responsible manner, Wetmore said.