Detroit Lakes City Council Close to Decision on New Police Facility
Carol McCarthy | Jun 20, 2018 AT 11:42 am
DETROIT LAKES, MN--Detroit Lakes City Council is a step closer to making a decision on building a new facility to house its police department. Tuesday, the Council held a work session to listen to the findings from a two year study by the BKV group that looked at a number of city facilities. BKV's Bruce Schwartzman summarized the study which ultimately indicated the greatest need was for more space for the Police Department. (click here for audio)
BKV along with the city's public safety committee took the information from the study and found 16 options for the PD. After research, which included visits to Police Departments in similar-sized cities of Fergus Falls and Alexandria they whittled locations and plans ultimately coming up with the recommendation to build a new facility on the city owned property located east of the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center off Summit Avenue. The City Council further discussed the option at Tuesday's work session and the majority of council members were in agreement to move forward with building the facility for $6 million and financing it with a half-cent local sales tax.
Councilman Bruce Imholte said while he supports a new facility for the Police Department and a local option sales tax to finance it, he is likely to vote against the new building as a stand alone Police Department. (click here for audio from Alderman Imholte)
Because it was a work session to discuss the proposed project, no offical vote was taken. The subject of the new facility and the local option sales tax to finance it will likely be on the agenda of the Council's July meeting.