Cedar Rapids Headlines 12/17/12

 Are You Dreaming of a White Christmas? You May Get Your Wish!

winterstorm7CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – Are you hoping for a white Christmas?  Get your shovels ready it just may happen! The KCRG-TV9 First Alert Storm Team is continuing to watch a potential winter storm, which would affect eastern Iowa late Wednesday through Thursday. The precise details are unclear because this system is still a few days away, but there is high confidence in snow, possibly heavy, in our area.

Second New Downtown Cedar Rapids Parking Ramp Coming in 2013

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The city is moving ahead on plans to build a second new downtown parking ramp, both of which should be in place in 2013.The second ramp, a six-story ramp with 618 parking stalls, will go up in the 600 block of Second-Street SE on city-owned land now used as a surface parking lot. Construction is slated to start in March and be complete in November, according to a city report.

English: Skyline of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, lookin...

English: Skyline of
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, looking northward from the 8th Avenue bridge.
Photographed by User:Iowahwyman on June 17, 2007. (Photo credit:
Wikipedia)

The City-Council this week will approve the plans for the ramp, which is estimated to cost $9.4 million to construct, according to the city report.

The city currently is building a new six-story, 460-stall ramp across First Avenue East from the city-owned convention complex and hotel. The First Avenue East parking ramp is costing $12.28 million and is expected to be complete next summer.

The city says parking revenue from users of the two ramps will pay off revenue bonds sold to finance the construction.

Serving Double Duty: Five Fire Chiefs on One Department

In a community with more than 40 unsolved fires we have Five Fire Chiefs on One Department!

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A fire department typically has one fire chief, but the Cedar Rapids Fire Department has a handful.Fire chiefs from across Eastern Iowa are finding themselves working on the same team. They are pulling double duty by working for both Cedar Rapids and their hometown volunteer fire departments.

Fire officials said at least 35 Cedar Rapids firefighters are members of a volunteer fire department in the area. For many, it’s the place they first discovered their love of fighting fires and took that step towards making it a career.

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There is nothing 'radical' about wanting to save your historical neighborhood! There is nothing 'negative' for wanting an 'outside investigation' done a public service that has had a lot of embarrassing news, especially when they don't do their jobs! There is nothing 'odd' about wanting politicians to uphold the Constitution they swear to uphold when they are sworn into office! Follow @sibzianna View all posts by Ajai Dittmar

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