Committee takes next step in possible police station project

A request for qualifications (RFQ) to construct a new police station will be sent out to different firms within the next week.

The city’s Public Safety Building Advisory Committee met Thursday afternoon to discuss draft requests for proposals relating to construction management, architect and engineer services.

At the previous public safety building advisory meeting it was agreed upon they would look into finding a construction manager for the project, however, a clarification was made.

“Any public entity who becomes involved in a project for a public building when the price is going to exceed $100,000 is required to hire an architect or engineer to fill out plans, specifications and cost estimates,” said Marshalltown City Attorney Roger Schoell. “That is a requirement of the state code for any public entity who’s using tax money which to fund that sort of thing.”

The group agreed on terms and decided to send the RFQ out to different firms with minimal changes, said City Administrator Randy Wetmore.

After the RFQ is sent out, firms will have 30 days to submit qualifications. Then the public safety building advisory group will start to review them and select 3-5 firms to present their qualifications, Wetmore said.

After final designs are revealed to the public, bonds will be issued and city residents will vote if they are for or against the project.

The bond election could be held as early as March 3, 2015, Wetmore said.

“It’s up to city council to decide when they want to put it on a ballot,” he said. “Some of that will depend on when the firms think they will have the work done. We want to make sure that’s done in time so people can have the opportunity to look at the design.”

Serious discussions for a new police station have been taking place since April 2012, said Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper.

If agreed upon by voters, the police station would be located at 1203 S. Sixth St., a location commonly known as the old Crosby Pool site adjacent to the Legion Golf Course.

“We would just like to keep it moving forward,” Tupper said. “At some point we are going to create several opportunities for the community to come in and do tours of our current facility.”

In the last two years, Tupper said he has escorted more than 300 people through the building.

“Some people show up at my door skeptical and think it’s good enough,” he said. “Not one person has left after the tour and thought it was good enough. Everybody is appalled when they see where we work.”