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Linn County offices set to return home beginning June 11

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

After four years of flood recovery, Linn County departments that have been working out of temporary space at Westdale Mall will move back home.

The Linn County offices will be moving the week of June 11 from Linn County West at Westdale Mall, back to their pre-flood home at the newly renovated Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center, formerly known as the Administrative Office Building.  The new address for the building is 935 2nd Street SW, Cedar Rapids.

The following departments will be closed for the day listed and reopen on the next business day in their new location:

• Monday, June 11 – Purchasing/Mailroom

• Tuesday, June 12 – Human Resources, Risk Management and Finance & Budget

• Wednesday, June 13 – Board of Supervisors and support staff

• Thursday, June 14 & Friday, June 15 – Treasurer's Office

• Friday, June 15 – Recorder's Office, Auditor's Office, Planning and Development and County Assessor

If you have inspections that need to be completed before the weekend, contact Planning and Development staff at (319) 892-5130.

The extensive renovation allowed the county to make changes to the layout of the building to provide better customer service and improved access for the public.  For instance, the Treasurer's Office has been relocated to the first floor for more convenient access.  They will use a new customer service numbering system, similar to what is used at the Department of Transportation's driver's license station, to allow customers to sit in the waiting room until their number is called instead of standing in line.

Parking has also been expanded with the purchase of land across 2nd Street.

"We are celebrating another flood recovery milestone with the opening of the Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center," Brent Oleson, chairman of the Linn County Board of Supervisors, said in a written statement. "Our goal was to create a permanent home for county government while being responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars. We accomplished that goal and are proud of the renovations and the redesign of the building that will improve service to the public. And we are also proud to say that we did it with local labor. Our next goal is to make this transition with as little disruption to the public as possible."

The building has been named after former Linn County Supervisor Jean Oxley to honor the contributions she made to Linn County during her 24-year tenure as the first woman supervisor in Linn County.

Renovating the building cost $14.8 million, with $4.4 million coming from an I-JOBS grant, $4.5 million was a direct appropriation from the State of Iowa, $4.2 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, $1.2 million that Linn County set aside pre-flood to renovate the building, and approximately $400,000 in grants from the Department of Energy.

In addition to the county offices leaving Westdale Mall, court functions that have also been located at Linn County West will be moving back to the Linn County Courthouse on June 7 and open for business June 8.

The Clerk of Court office, Small Claims Court and Traffic Court will move back to the Linn County Courthouse.

Following these moves, there will be no Linn County offices located at Westdale Mall.

A ribbon-cutting and open house for the Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center will be held July 31, 2012 from 5:15 p.m. – 7 p.m.

For more information about Linn County's rebuilding projects visit www.linncounty.org and click on the "Flood Recovery" tab.

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