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Proposal for municipal building unveiled

Nov 08, 2017

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Washington City Council got its first look at the designs for a new municipal building that the project committee has been working to design.

After several months of work with Design Alliance, the committee presented the conceptual designs for both the new fire station and the renovated municipal building that will hold city offices and the police department. Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson said that he is setting up information gathering events for the community and with service clubs in November and December to allow the community a say in how the building is designed. The meetings schedule will be reported as soon as it becomes available.

“We have gone through the conceptual design process,” architect Kristopher Orth said. “We met with staff and talked about the program spaces and talked about those in great detail. We did an assessment of the facilties, had mechanical and electrical engineers walk through the building, generated multiple building concepts, done some budget analysis, refined building concepts, and tonight we are communicating the selected concept beyond the building committee to you.”

Hinson said the city hopes to begin construction on the fire station in September 2018.

Orth went through the design of the new fire station the project committee proposes be built on a neighboring lot to the city hall building. He also spoke at length about the manner in which the existing municipal building, which currently houses the fire station, would be remodeled for just the use of city offices and the police department.

The proposed designs total $2.5 million for the new fire station and about $1.2 million for the renovation of the municipal building.

Orth said the designs presented are merely conceptual designs and said there is still work to do before a working design is completed.

“We would expect to move into the schematic design phase for the fire station after the forums, design, development, construction documents, then the bidding phase and after that construction can begin,” Orth said. “Construction could begin sometime in July according to the schedule we developed. I feel like we are right on schedule.”

Council members questioned the use of vestibules which were designed on the front of both city hall and the fire department. According to the budget, the vestibules cost $500 per square foot.

A spatial needs survey done years ago showed the city offices need about 25,000 square feet, and are currently housed in a 9,400 square foot building.

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Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Nov 23, 2017 16:49

Five Iowans given Award of Valor

Honored for heroic action to save lives

By Rod Boshart, Gazette Des Moines Bureau | Nov 21, 2017
From left, Marion Firefighters Peter Lammer, Jeremy Smith, Zachary Bruce and Jeff Hoover are congratulated by Gov. Kim Reynolds at the end of a Statehouse ceremony Monday where the four were presented with the 2017 Sullivan Brothers’ Award of Valor. The honor goes to peace officers and firefighters who -- while serving in an official capacity -- distinguish themselves i n the past year by the performance of an heroic act in excess of normal demands of police or fire service where the person was fully aware of the threat to his/her personal safety.

DES MOINES — Four firefighters from Marion and an Iowa state trooper were presented the annual Sullivan Brothers’ Award of Valor Ceremony on Monday for their heroic efforts in saving the lives of Iowans during critical times of need.

Firefighters Jeff Hoover, Peter Lammer, Jeremy Smith and Zachary Bruce of the Marion Fire Department were presented their 2017 awards by Gov. Kim Reynolds and Roxann Ryan, commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Iowa State Trooper Dustin Henningsen also was honored at the Capitol ceremony.

“It’s very seldom that firefighters and police officers get the recognition that they so deserve and the effort they put into the rescue was phenomenal,” said Marion Fire Chief Deb Krebill, who nominated the four-some for the award named for the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo who died together in World War II when their ship was sunk.

The Marion firefighters were recognized for their swift action on Dec. 8, 2016, to extricate a driver involved in a “semi roll-over” accident along Highway 151. The driver, Kostyantyn Knysh, 38, of Plainfield, Ill., was trapped in the vehicle cab and was almost completely submerged under nearly frozen water in 15-degree weather after the trailer truck went off the road and into a pond near Jordan’s Grove Road.

“There is no doubt that these firefighters put their lives on the line that day,” Ryan told about 50 people who gathered in the Capitol rotunda to give the men a standing ovation. “Their combined effort, determination, skill and willingness to not give up saved a man’s life.”

According to a news release from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, at 10:51 a.m. Thursday officers responded to the report of a semi that had slid off the road into a pond near Dubuque Road just east of Jordan’s Grove Road.

Deputies closed Highway 151 eastbound between Highway 13 and Stone Road. Traffic was then rerouted to Highway 13 North to County Home Road.

Upon arrival, police say that they found the semi off the road submerged under water in the pond. Emergency responders removed Knysh through the roof of the truck, police said.

Krebill said it took the firefighters nearly an hour to rescue the driver in the frigid conditions.

“A lot of guys, once they were in there that long and they were absolutely exhausted, they would have gotten out and said: ‘O.K., next crew go in,’ but they didn’t. They were going to stay there until it was done,” Krebill told reporters. “They were freezing. They were exhausted and they did not give up and, as a fire chief, I could not be more proud.”

Iowa State Patrol Trooper Dustin Henningsen was honored for rescuing a man trapped in a burning vehicle in a roadside ditch in the Bettendorf area last February.

“What you’ve accomplished is truly exceptional,” Reynolds told the five award recipients. “They were heroes in every sense of the word. Thank you for being a phenomenal example for all others to follow.”

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