Sibley, Iowa — There are some major changes in the works for housing for city government departments in Sibley.
Sibley City Administrator Glenn Anderson tells KIWA that the City of Sibley is in the process of securing a new home for that City’s government offices. The US Bank branch in Sibley closed earlier this year and the City is in the process of acquiring that building.
Anderson says the purchase of the US Bank building will allow the City to move from their current offices, which are attached to the Sibley Fire Department, which they have outgrown. City Clerk Susan Sembach says they hope to close on the property on March 15th and plan to move by the end of this month.
Anderson tells KIWA that once the City Offices have moved, the current City Hall will be taken over by the Sibley Fire Department, allowing them room for training and meeting rooms, as well as space for future expansion of their truck bays.
The US Bank building was constructed more than twenty years ago at a cost of $1,000,000, according to Anderson. He says the City’s purchase of the building is a win all across the board. First, the City will be able to purchase the building for $450,000, rather than building a new multi-million dollar City Hall. Second, he says, with the Fire Department taking over the old City Hall, they can avoid the need for spending millions of dollars to build a new fire station in coming years. And finally, the plan keeps the US Bank building from sitting empty for three years, the minimum period of time, according to Anderson, that US Bank had intended to leave it vacant to try and prevent another financial institution from coming into Sibley in the wake of US Bank’s departure.
Photo: Current Sibley City Hall