Making the grade

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Work continues on grading the joint police/fire headquarters site in the 900 block of South Second Street. While the Marshalltown police and fire department will share the building, it will also have features unique to the needs of each while welcoming to the public. For example, MPD will have a state-of-the art evidence room, and separate interview rooms for victims and suspects, all lacking in their current facility at 22 N. Center St. MFD crews will have a separate sleeping area, since they are on duty 48 consecutive hours. Police and fire personnel will share exercise and meeting rooms. The MPD/MFD joint facility plans and specifications may be viewed in the Public Works Department at city hall, 24 N. Center St. That long-awaited facility is tentatively scheduled for occupancy in December of 2018. The Marshalltown project is modeled after another Prochaska-designed joint police and fire facility in McCook, Neb., which was visited by city officials and members of the Police and Fire Advisory Committee. For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 641-754-5734.