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I. Falls To Study Facility Needs

By Randy Thoms Oct 18, 2022 | 9:31 AM

Law Enforcement Center in International Fall, share by International Falls City Police and Koochiching County Sheriff's Department. Image: Randy Thoms

The city of International Falls is looking at its facility needs.

City council agreed Monday night to seek out someone to conduct a study.

Mayor Harley Droba notes the city is now using several buildings.

“A vast majority of our stuff is right here at City Hall, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t need to get things more under one roof. Maybe kind of look at consolidating so that if we were to do that, we’d save money by utilizing and paying for one building or multiple buildings on the same property,” says Droba.

“We’re looking for an RFP so that we can kind of see what the needs of our departments are, what the needs are, what we have available to us for land and if we need to do anything at all.”

The study arises from the city’s discussions about its police department continuing to share space with Koochiching County’s Sheriff Department in a new or renovated building.

The city has been asked to make a decision by the end of November.

The two law enforcement agencies currently share space.

An assessment of the adjacent county jail by the Minnesota Department of Corrections identified a need to either remodel or update it to meet state standards or face it being shut down.

The city has been asked to make a decision by the end of November.



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