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Scott Co. Groundbreaking for Patrol HQ

Next spring, deputies who serve rural Scott County will have a place to call home. This morning, Sheriff Dennis Conard and the board of supervisors broke ground on a new patrol headquarters in Eldridge.

Michelle O'Neill reports. it's a more central location.

Sheriff Conard says Conlon Construction of Dubuque will put up the 21,000-square-foot building on South 16th Avenue, just off Blackhawk Trail and Highway 61. $4.5 million will come out of Scott County's operating budget to pay for it, and a tax hike won't be necessary. But Conard says it took a long time to get to this point.

Twenty-nine Scott County deputies will be based at the new patrol division headquarters, which includes offices and a garage for 14 police cars and other vehicles. The Tremont location will continue to be used for evidence storage. The county auditor may convert part of it for a permanent polling place. Conard hopes the officers can move in next April.

Officially, Michelle's title is WVIK News Editor. She does everything there is to do in the newsroom and whatever may be needed around the radio station.
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