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Clive Council Advances Plan to Build New Public Safety Facility

The image above is only an initial concept.  The final building design will be different and will reflect input from residents and other stakeholders

The City of Clive intends to build a new 40,000 square foot public safety facility at 8800 Hickman Road, the former site of Slumberland Furniture.  At their June 13th meeting, the Clive Council voted unanimously to enter into a $1.6 million purchase agreement with Knapp Properties to acquire the property pending inspections and site surveys.  The new facility will house both the Clive Police and Clive Fire Departments, and replace the existing Dymond Public Safety Center at 8505 Harbach Blvd.  The total cost of the project—including land acquisition, demolition of the existing building, design, equipping, and construction—will be approximately $15.25 million.

“Clive is a growing City, and our public safety infrastructure needs to grow with it so all Clive residents and businesses continue to get excellent emergency services,” said Clive Mayor Scott Cirksena.  “This new facility will meet our community’s current and future needs, and provide value for taxpayers for decades to come.”

The Council cited multiple reasons why they support a new facility at 8800 Hickman.

  • Clive’s current public safety building was designed to serve a population of 11,000. Clive’s population today is over 18,000 and is expected to grow to approximately 24,000.
  • Based on the standards of coverage study the City completed in 2017, Clive Fire Station 32 needs to move west and be closer to a major arterial road to maintain excellent response times and better implement its closest unit response and mutual aid agreements with neighboring cities (see map below)
  • By co-locating the Clive Police and Fire Departments, the City can save operating expenses, and the departments can share common resources like exercise rooms, conference and training rooms, and information technology systems.

The Council intends to issue 20 year general obligation bonds to pay for the new facility.  Clive is one of three Iowa cities that has received Moody’s Investor Services highest AAA bond rating which allows the City to finance capital projects at more competitive rates. 

On August 6th, Clive voters will consider adding a 1% Local Option Sales and Services Tax (LOSST) to eligible purchases in the Polk County portion of the City.  LOSST is already included on eligible purchases in the Dallas County portion of Clive because voters approved the sales tax increase in 2017.  Should voters approve the measure in August, the City will use LOSST revenue in part to meet the debt service expenses for the new public safety facility.  If voters reject the measure, the City would need to increase property taxes by $.65 per $1000 of valuation to cover the debt service or find alternative funding sources.  Public education materials about the August 6th vote are available at clivelocaloption.com

 

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