PORTAGE | When the first structure at the city's street department facilities was constructed some 50 years ago, the city's southern boundary ran along what is now the Prairie Duneland Trail.
Since then, Portage has expanded. So, has the street department facility, one building at a time.
Now, the city is taking a look at the complex -- just east of Hamstrom Road between Central and Portage avenues -- to determine if it is meeting Portages needs now and if it will continue to in the future.
The Redevelopment Commission recently approved seeking proposals to complete a service delivery analysis of the department.
The study, according to city economic development adviser John Shepherd, will determine how services of the street department are delivered today and how they should be in the future.
The study will analyze the current facilities and the effectiveness of the present location in delivering services.
Shepherd said the study will look at the current location of the department and determine if there is enough area available to construct a suitable facility. If the answer to that question is no, it will look at where an appropriate site for the department would be now and in the future.