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|New Monmouth Police and Fire Buildings Ahead of Schedule
|Monmouth's police and fire chiefs hope the excellent progress being made on two new public safety facilities continues as both are ahead of schedule.
The chiefs updated the city council Monday night on the progress of the buildings; one is under construction and the other one is getting a major facelift. The new police department building is going up just north of the current public safety building, while the fire department is having the former Protexall Building at 1 Industrial Drive renovated to serve as its central location.
Monmouth Fire Chief Jim Conard says the 15,000 square foot building is taking shape nicely. "We're ahead of schedule a week or two weeks on some items," Conard said. "They just painted the building last week. They're currently drywalling this week, and hopefully in a week or so they'll be doing the cement drive. It's starting to take form. It's starting to look like a building."
Other work that's also been finished includes new trench drains and concrete on the vehicle floor, the installation of four new overhead vehicle doors and all of the walls have been drywalled. Frye Buildiers is doing the work on the $900,000 project, which is expected to be finished in January, weather permitting.
The new police department building, which will cost around $1.5 million, could be finished sometime in April. The facility will have almost 11,000 square feet, and police chief Brad Ziegler says construction is moving quickly. "The building will, probably, be totally enclosed by the end of the week," Ziegler said. "They're waiting on the front door in the lobby area. All the windows are in. The roof is going to be done; the roofers are only roofing on Saturdays -- they're from the Quad Cities. They worked two Saturdays and got two thirds of it done, so they're really putting them down when they're there."
Ziegler says crews are also putting the drywall on the ceilings in the office area and they'll also soon begin ductwork for the furnace system. The chief says the project is going very well and he's pleased with it.
The city council agreed to spend $2.5 million on the two facilities.
|11 03 08 by Newsroom
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