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Council to discuss financing for utility office renovations

Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

ROCK FALLS – City Council members tonight will discuss financing options for the $98,000 needed to remodel the utility office at City Hall.

Plans call for knocking out a wall, adding bulletproof glass and security cameras, among other things.

The building at 603 W. 10th St. has not been updated since it was built in 1966, City Clerk Bill Wescott said. The office will move to the other side of the building while the work is being done.

The council also is set to approve a bid for the project. Construction will begin in April and be completed in 6 weeks, City Administrator Robbin Blackert said.

Also tonight, the council is set to agree to annex 17 acres at 600 E. 17th St., behind Crystal Lake, so local businessman Brent Porter can build an RV park. The first phase of construction is expected to start in the spring. The park will include sites for RVs, and eventually, tent camping.

Finally, Blackert will ask the council to allow the Rev. Brian Tribley, pastor of Firehouse of God Ministries, to take on the beautification of the parking lot on West First.

He and the youth of his church always have projects going on, Wescott said, and Tribley has applied for a Modern Woodmen grant to fund the project.

“It’s not going to cost us anything,” Wescott said.

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