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January 11, 2014

Eggs & Issues delves into city, county, school issues

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OSKALOOSA —

There were a couple of sites for consideration for the new fire station — adjoining City Hall downtown or an off-site location.

City Council member Tom Walling said the off-site location was too costly, but he was not willing to give up on an off-site location.

“I'd still like to look at an off-site location,” he said. “We need a good, functional fire station, not the Taj Mahal.”

Krutzfeldt said the proposed off-site location would cost $1 million more than the one downtown. The mayor also said an all-steel structure would last for 50 years, but the one proposed for adjoining City Hall would last for 100 years.

Krutzfeldt said that in his personal opinion, the downtown location makes the most sense in the long term.

Vander Molen fielded a question about mental health services being shared between Mahaska and Marion counties.

Originally, Mahaska and Marion counties were to form a mental health region with Jasper and Poweshiek counties. However, Poweshiek and Jasper decided to join another region. Vander Molen said having a two-county region gives “more flexibility” for services.

There would be equal footing between the counties on the mental health regional board and services could be better tailored for clients, he said.

The next Eggs & Issues will be held on Jan. 25 and will deal with state legislative matters.

Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com

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