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|Monmouth City Council Approves Zoning Changes, Gets Update on New Police and Fire Buildings
|The Monmouth City Council took care of a step necessary for the city's new fire department building by unanimously approving a zoning change for the property the facility sits on.
The ordinance, also approved unanimously by the city plan commission earlier this month, changes the zoning from Light Manufacturing (M1) to Public Service (PS). The new fire station is located at 1 Industrial Park Drive in the former Protexall Building, which is being renovated.
Along with approving the rezoning ordinance, the city council Tuesday night signed off on another ordinance that subdivides a plat of land at 1 Industrial Park . Monmouth Mayor Rod Davies tells WGIL the city will purchase the property that the new fire station sits on.
"That essentially divided the one parcel of property that the fire station sat on that was all on one piece of property. Now they're splitting that into two...one that we (the city) can purchase so that they (Frye Builders and Associates) can sell that to the city with the land associated with, and the other then will be sold in the future."
The police and fire chiefs told the city council that substantial progress is being made on the new police department building and fire station. Both buildings are ahead of schedule, and the fire station is the closest to being done. Installation of an exhaust extraction system and a water line are expected to be finished next week, which would be about all the work that's left to do there.
Davies says the carpentry, painting and flooring in the new police building should be finished next week. Officials are currently working on communication and other electronic components and intend to have those things finished shortly.
The city budgeted $2.5 million for the projects. Aldermen in July approved spending $1.5 million to construct the new police station and $900,000 to purchase and renovate the 15,000 square foot building on the north side of town for the fire department. Davies says the projects could come in a little under budget when all is said and done.
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