Aging and deteriorating city buildings have sparked a discussion among Keokuk officials to consider building a new facility that would house several departments.
Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion says police and fire headquarters need a new heating and cooling system that will cost the city around $70,000.
Marion says this is just one example of work that needs to be done, and instead of putting quote "Band-Aids" on city infrastructure problems, it would be more cost effective in the future to purchase a new city building.
Marion says many of the departments could use more space, and it would also help the city run more efficiently.
"It would make sense to have everyone in one building, better communications," Marion said. "You know we can contact each other, you know if I have a question about the street department, the street department is right there. We can check with the street department.
Marion says many options are on the table right now, including moving the city offices into the proposed building as well.
Officials say the cost of a new building could be more than 1 million dollars.
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