SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City's city council says it doesn't have nearly $4 million to spend on repairing the police and fire headquarters building.
Police Capt. Mel Williams was given that message Monday after he presented the $3.9 million plan for extensive repairs, the Sioux City Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1oCh2P7 ).
"Here's the bottom line," Mayor Bob Scott said. "We don't have four million bucks. We're not going to have four million bucks to go and build a new building. We don't have that kind of dough."
The council has budgeted only $2.5 million for the repairs to the building, which has been used nonstop since its construction 28 years ago.
The costs reflect the extent of the building's problems, according to Williams.
"There's water coming through the roof," he said. "Water coming through the walls, the pipes in the building are deteriorating so we're having pipes break with water leaks."
Councilman Pete Groetken, a former captain with the Sioux City Police Department, said he knows the conditions of the building. He believes there is a legitimate need for repairs.
"There has to be a little value engineering," he said. "You have to go back through and figure out what the priorities are and what needs to be done. Unfortunately it takes funding to get work done, and it's not always available."
Williams said he'll work with the firm behind the proposed design to scale down some of the repair work. He plans to return to the council on Aug. 4.
Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com