Voters about to have say on new Council...

Posted at 11:09 PM, May 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-03 00:09:03-04

On Tuesday, residents of Council Bluffs will have their say on whether the city needs a new police headquarters during a special election.

While most seem to favor the idea, others believe the $20-million bond is too much to dish out.

“It's like being in a small cubicle with 3 people-there's not enough room,” said resident Lyle Golden.

Golden said he’s a life-long Council Bluffs resident and toured the 19,000 square foot facility and believes the men in blue deserve better.

“The only way council bluffs can grow is to get a bigger station-show them we can protect and serve for everybody in the community,” said Golden.

Golden attended the last study session about the new police headquarters before the election. Police Chief Tim Carmody is feeling good about the election.

“We are confident, it's been going really well-a lot of positive support out there, we are very hopeful that the public understands our position and why we are doing this,” said Carmody.

While many people KMTV talked with are in favor of a new police station, some questioned on voting for something they can’t see or didn’t like the possibility of the station leaving downtown.

“It is not a firestation, we do not need to be in the heart of Council Bluffs for our police officers to be able to respond quickly,” said Council Bluffs resident Brooke Hubbard.

Hubbard is a mother of four children and supporting a new police headquarters saying she wants her family to be protected as her kids get older.

“I have four kids, so I would really like to have within my own community the facilities that I think are sufficient enough to help if there's a crisis within my family or loved ones I am affected by,” said Hubbard.

In order for the bond to pass it must have a supermajority of the vote meaning 60-percent for the new building.

Polls open at 7am and close at 8pm on Tuesday.