Detroit Lakes Looking to Build New Police Facility

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DETROIT LAKES, MN--Financing a new police station, a local option sales tax, adoption of a West Lake Drive Corridor plan, the building of a new public works were among items discussed at a recent work session of the Detroit Lakes City Council, Staff and Mayor.

After listening to a presentation on the West Lake Drive Corridor Study by RDG's Marty Suckert, the group discussed multiple projects on the city's plate. With the city's $28 million wastewater treatment plant and $19 million regional airport runway expansion projects underway Detroit Lakes Mayor Matt Brenk urged the council to make the Police Department headquarters a top priority in 2018 and to fund it with a local option sales tax.

Detroit Lakes City Administrator Kelcey Klemm says the city is looking at a six-million-dollar price tag to build a new headquarters for the PD. He and Police Chief Steve Todd spoke to other cities who utilized the local option sales tax, namely Fergus Falls, who's residents voted to fund two separate projects, a hockey arena and a library, with two separate times with sales tax increases. Klemm ran through some initial financial analysis if the city was to adopt a local option sales tax solely for a new police department facility and said it's possible the city could pay off the project in seven years and the sales tax would expire.

Although there was no vote taken, the Mayor asked the six of nine council members present at the January 25th meeting if there was consensus to move forward with a process to adopt a local option sales tax for a new police headquarters building. There was consensus and staff was directed to begin drawing up a plan and timeline to proceed.

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