Clive Breaks Ground on New Public Safety Center

The City of Clive has started construction on its new Clive Public Safety Center at 8800 Hickman Road. The facility will be the future home of the Clive Police Department and Clive Fire Department.  Construction of the 44,600 square foot building is scheduled to be completed in late 2021.  The total cost of land acquisition, design, and construction will be approximately $15.5 million.  Local Option Sales and Services Tax (LOSST) revenue is being used to fund the project. 

“When our current public safety facility was built in 1983 Clive didn’t stretch beyond the interstate, and our total population was about 6000,” said Clive Mayor Scott Cirksena. “Today, Clive is over seven miles long, sits in two counties, and has a population approaching 20,000.  Given this growth, our first responder teams need a facility that is appropriately sized, designed for 21st Century service delivery, and geographically located so our emergency response times stay fast and consistent.”

Since 2012, Clive has been preparing for its future public safety facility needs.  That patient deliberation paid off in 2019 when the City was able to purchase the former Slumberland building at 8800 Hickman Road, which is ideally located for fast response times in Clive and neighboring communities.  There have been a number of positive financial developments in the last 12 months that make the facility a good investment for residents and businesses.

  • In fall 2019, Clive voters approved the Local Option Sales and Services Tax.  LOSST funds are being used to pay for the new building and offset the need to raise property taxes.
  • In spring 2020, Moody’s Investor Services reaffirmed Clive’s Aaa bond rating which enabled the City to get extremely low-interest rates on its general obligation bonds for the project.
  • Last month, construction package bids came in 11%--approximately $1.5 million—lower than budget estimates.

The City Council has consistently prioritized first responder initiatives and partnerships with neighboring communities so Clive has the best public health, safety, and emergency services.

  • In 1992, Clive partnered with West Des Moines on Fire Station 22 on University Ave, eliminating the need for each community to build their own station while ensuring excellent response times in both communities.
  • In 2001, Clive partnered with neighboring communities to form Westcom, the emergency dispatch service that covers West Des Moines, Clive, Urbandale, Waukee, and Norwalk. 
  • In 2017, Clive entered a closest unit response agreement with Urbandale, which means the closest available Clive or Urbandale unit responds to calls in either community.
  • In 2018, Clive and Urbandale again partnered to build Urbandale Fire Station 43 which covers the growing western neighborhoods in both communities.  This financially wise collaboration eliminated the need for each city to build its own station.

“The cities of Clive and Urbandale have a long history of intergovernmental collaboration, and the Clive Public Safety Facility is our next chapter,” said Urbandale Mayor Bob Andeweg. “We are all better off when we work together for the common good or all our residents.  This facility will be a critical link in the safety network of our two cities, just like Urbandale’s newly completed Fire Station 43 to the west.”

For additional background on the Clive Public Safety Center, project updates, and artist renderings of the building visit http://www.cityofclive.com/project_detail_T51_R129.php.