Just 11 days after getting public feedback on plans for the expansion of the fire station and police station projects, the Anamosa City Council approved the hire of Shive-Hattery, Inc. Architecture & Engineering for a needs assessment and feasibility for a new police station.

Anamosa City Administrator Jacob Sheridan said two things stood out as he recommended the firm: their experience and how they structured their proposal.

“The Mount Pleasant project really stood out,” he told the council.

For that project, the company rehabbed an old grocery store for use as the new station, not unlike the proposal to transform the old Daly Creek Winery. Other examples provided included work done in Clive, Panora, Polk County and Des Moines. The same firm also conducted a staffing assessment for the Jones County Sheriff’s Office on their current jail building.

Sheridan said he believed they had the most complete package.

The firm also structured their cost proposal all the way through construction. While others tried to predict the cost throughout the course of the entire project, Shive-Hattery started with a needs assessment and feasibility study. Such a move would allow the company to provide a more detailed estimate of costs moving forward, Sheridan believed.

The city approved a feasibility study and needs assessment for $18,200. The agreement did not lock the city into any subsequent agreements, post-study.

According to the proposal, the needs assessment is projected to take four to six weeks, with a final plan presented to the city early next year.

In other business, the city approved the hiring of two assistant directors for the Parks and Recreation Department, which Sheridan said was covered by the increased administrative budget for the department that was passed for the current fiscal year. He also said that given the amount of responsibilities the department had, like overseeing the Lawrence Community Center, pool, park maintenance and recreational leagues, they needed the extra staff.

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