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Public Works Building to Open Monday

CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--Taking one of her last calls, Vonda Olson is conducting business as usual in her cubicle at the Public Works building.
Its been very hectic, said the receptionist. Very chaotic.
Thats probably because most of her business and even her office are now packed up and in little cardboard boxes.
Were working around people coming and going, boxing, packing, shrink wrapping, Olson said.
On Monday, she and the rest of the city service workers will be doing their jobs from here the brand new $40 million public works building, on 6th street.
It should be much easier for the public to enter into here and get the services they need without having to wander around, said Sandi Fowler, assistant city manager.
With more than $18 million worth of flood damage done to the old building, the new building has more counter space and puts all city departments like parks and recreation, solid waste, and city vehicles under one roof.
Trucks, street signs, and other equipment are being sealed and stored in empty city lots until next year when the 400,000 square foot building is complete.
An exciting move forward from the flood but a goodbye to a building many have called home for years.
Its making some people sad, Olson said.
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