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City of Cedar Rapids turns to public for post-flood options

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by Bryan Goettel

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - "We want to rebuild and be better, stronger and greater than we were in the past," Cedar Rapids city manager Jim Prosser said. 

The city of Cedar Rapids is pushing the public to be part of the process.

"We get that one chance to rebuild our community in a different way," flood recovery director Greg Eyerly said.

On Thursday, city leaders took the media on a tour of the Ambroz Recreation Center and the flood-damaged Veterans Memorial Building. Both help signify the big changes in store for the city.

"These are 50 to 100 year decisions that we're going to be making," Eyerly said. 

The city is looking at three very different options of how to change the face of the parks and rec department post-flood. They are also looking at three to four options for each of six key flood-damaged city buildings. The public can see the details of all 25 of these options at open houses next week.

"This is all about getting the feedback, getting the community to better understand the very complex and dynamic set of circumstances that are influencing all these different decisions," consultant Dan Thies said. 

"It is more important that the people of Cedar Rapids have an opportunity to let their opinions be known," Mayor Kay Halloran said.

City leaders say at this point they aren't pushing for one choice over others. They simply want the people of Cedar Rapids to see all the options out on the table.

"I've heard it said that some of these decisions are pre-made," Eyerly said. "And that's just not the case. This is the opportunity for your voice to be heard."

The goal is to use the input to make decisions by the end of October.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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