During a workshop conducted by the Lincoln City City Council it appeared that a way to build a new ten million dollar police station, complete a new 9-1-1 dispatch center as well as upgrade the city’s sewer treatment plant is to not try to get both underway at the same time.
It was pretty much agreed among city councilors that although the new police station will likely cost more than when it was proposed in 2012, the council better get a move-on before construction costs climb any higher like $7 million in 2012 to $10 million today. Chief Keith Killian said the city should build the new police headquarters to a size that can accommodate the growth in police services as the local population grows – something that would be adequate through 2045.
Financing the new police station would likely come from selling general obligation bonds to the private sector backed up by hotel/motel room taxes. The city’s finance director said the room tax fund can handle the debt payments quite well.
While establishing the need to find $10 million for a new police station, the council also learned that the city’s sewer treatment system needs a big upgrade – costing perhaps has much as $12 million. But in this case the city can buy some time before all that is necessary. They say the city can spend a lot less on a temporary fix that would help drag things out for up to five years before the need for the $12 million kicks in.
Being a workshop session the council didn’t make any decision on any of this. In fact it was mentioned that the public works department needs to refine their cost estimates on that five year fix. But again, after five years, the $12 million figure looms.
All this returns to the next city council meeting later this month.