The Cherokee City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday at the former Head Start building, located at 324 Lake St.
Along with the Cherokee City Council, City Administrator Don Eikmeier and Park Superintendent Duane Mummert were also in attendance.
The only item on the agenda was a tour of the Head Start building. Recently, the Cherokee Airport Authority proposed to the Cherokee City Council the donation of the building and the moving of the building to a new site, if the City of Cherokee chose to use the building for the park maintenance building.
Both parts of the Head Start building would provide 4,200 square feet of building space. Mummert advised the Council how the building would have to be separated prior to the move, the removal of interior walls and other work that would have to be done by the City prior to moving the building. He also explained the projected locations of new garage doors on the north and south sides of the buildings.
Also discussed were the remodeling work that would be required by city employees after the building was relocated to the new site.
Eikmeier advised the Council that without city labor included, the city would have approximately $109,000 in site preparation, concrete, utility extensions to the site, overhead garage doors, and a heating system. In comparison, the same cost for a 2,400 square foot building (excluding the building itself) were estimated at $79,000.
After the tour, the Council members expressed concern regarding unknown costs involved in moving the building, as well as the multiple demands on existing Park staff for RAGBRAI and the Spring Lake construction projects.
All projects would happen during the same time period and the Park staff would be asked to prepare the building for moving prior to the November deadline to have the building removed.
The Council also expressed concerns that after the move the City would have additional remodeling work to be done by city staff, after which the city would have a relocated 20- year- old building.
The Council directed staff to determine whether the Airport Authority site could be purchased/leased from the Airport, if the City chose to build a new building, rather than relocating the Head Start building.
The Council also directed staff to collect cost estimates for an approximate 4,000 square- foot new building.
A final determination on the city's interest in the Head Start Building will be made at the City Council's June, 8 meeting.