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County considers LEC improvements

Humboldt County and the city of Humboldt are considering improvements to the Humboldt County Law Enforcement Center. The 56-year-old building was constructed as offices for Iowa Public Service and opened in 1958. It has housed the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, Humboldt Police and emergency dispatching services since 1979. Humboldt Independent photo.

Humboldt County is considering improvements to the 56-year-old Humboldt County Law Enforcement Center (LEC).
Four members of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors (Supervisor Carl Mattes was absent) spent Monday morning discussing facility needs, reviewing architectural plans and examining possible financing options.
The facility has a total of 8,300 square feet and houses the E-911 communications center and dispatch, Humboldt County Sheriff offices, Humboldt Police offices and the county’s E-911 operations manager.
There is a litany of issues concerning the present building, mostly due to age, building condition and the lack of doors, entryways and spaces compliant with the Americans with Disability Act, providing for handicapped-accessible use of public buildings.
Architect Brad Schonborn with I&S Group, the city's engineering firm, said the proposal being recommended by I&S Group and being considered by the Public Safety Commission is a combination of renovating approximately 1,800 square feet in the current LEC, with a 1,400 square feet addition to the west of the present building, taking the building out to about where the tree is in the courtyard area, about four feet from the existing sidewalk.
Schonborn said the new area would feature the dispatch area, offices (perhaps in a cubicle fashion) for deputies and police officers, a small kitchenette, private restroom for staff, a small storage area and a public restroom that would interface the current lobby area, which would be expanded.
The interior reconfiguration would allow for wider handicapped-accessible corridors and doors, and would allow for a much larger evidence room, as well as interview room and break room area.
The total cost of the addition and remodel including new equipment and furnishings would be in the neighborhood of $500,000. The county board took no action on the matter and will be considering more information and possible final plans at a future meeting.
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