A follow-up presentation was reviewed during the City Council Study Session on Monday, October 21, 2019. The direction received from the City Council at this meeting was to pursue option one of the attached presentation. The City Council will consider funding to secure an architect to pursue this option during its Fiscal Year 21 budget process.
Over the last three years, the City has been evaluating Public Safety staffing levels and facilities to ensure we are able to serve our community now and in the future. Results of these studies revealed shortages in staffing and significant/costly problems with current space for our Police and Fire Departments. This interferes with their ability to quickly respond quickly to emergencies. We have been working to address the staffing levels and now are exploring transforming the current City Hall/Public Safety building into a Public Safety Center. Below you will find a link to take a virtual tour. We hope that the virtual tour is helpful as an alternative to an in-person tour. While we would prefer to have you tour in-person, because of the constraints caused by the COVID pandemic, we are unable to do so.
Residents were invited to participate in two surveys regarding the future of a new Public Safety Center and a joint Library/City Hall.
The results of Phase 3 showed that more land was needed in order to have enough space for current staff and room to grow in the future. The City of Indianola has purchased two properties in order to meet these needs. 204 North C Street was purchased in 2022 for the Library project. The City Council approved a purchase agreement to buy 110 N Howard and 118 E Salem at their April 17, 2023 meeting. City Manager Ben Reeves presented a proposal for the use of this land and a new Public Safety/City Hall facility.