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Cedar Rapids examines public input report

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - The Cedar Rapids City Council is gauging public concern over what to do with flood-damaged city buildings. This, as federal officials discuss how much money each facility will receive.

City councilors found out Wednesday night, what Cedar Rapidians think of current plans for flood-damaged city properties. Councilor Chuck Weineke says that input will carry weight in deciding how federal flood relief will be spent.

"We'll have to discuss prioritization and availability of the dollars to follow any prioritization we do, because very honestly, the whole thing will be tied to the availability of funds," said Weineke.

When it comes to the Veteran's Memorial/City Services Center, the public remains concerned about future flooding. They're torn between losing a city landmark, and practical flood concerns.

The Public Works facility is another building people seem to be split on. About half of those surveyed want to see it renovated and updated at its current location, while protecting it against flooding. The other half want it moved somewhere else.

As for the public library, an overwhelming number of citizens say they want it in a different location, with plenty of free parking.

Weineke says another public input session will be held in early October.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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