TIPTON, Iowa — With finishing touches being made to the new Tipton fire station, ideas for realignment of city hall office space are being proposed.

City Manager Chris Nosbisch said unless city council members objected, he would check on costs for the proposed changes.

The city manager recommended moving the gas and electric departments into the old fire station. Roof repairs will be needed, and an office will have to be built so both departments each have an office. Nosbisch said there will be costs for materials, but most of the work can be done by city employees.

The fire station was discussed earlier as a site for council chambers, but was determined to be too long and narrow.

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City hall space vacated by those departments will provide space needed by the police department, which lacks space for privacy for officers to conduct investigation interviews. Other improvements needed for city hall are replacement of the front door, repair the outdoor stoop and rearranging traffic flow so people don’t have to go through the city clerk’s office to get to other areas of city hall.

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