Those options included:
* Building a new administrative building on the former Lemon Monroe High School site and allow the police department to expand by renovating the current administrative building. The site could also include a public amphitheater on that site. He said police felt they needed to remain centrally located in the city. The council chamber would be moved to the new location. Estimated cost: $12.47 million to $14.94 million.
* Building a new police station on the former LMHS site which would allow the other city administration offices expand in the current city building. Estimated cost: $8.86 million to $10.6 million.
* Building a new a new fire station on Ohio 63 between Gateway Boulevard and Union Road. The new fire station would be similar in design to the current fire stations downtown and on Ohio 4. Estimated cost: $5.38 million to $6.13 million.
After the presentation, Councilman Dan Clark noted that the city did not own land on the east side of the city or the former LMHS site. He said they were “interesting concepts. We can talk about it.”
Council felt that more discussion should take place between city staff and KZF. However, Clark said he liked Option 2 to build a new police station as it was “drastically cheaper.”
“The facilities conversation ties into a future safety levy,” Clark said. “If my taxes are going up, I want it to go to police and fire protection.”
The city’s police department headquarters was built in 1999 to house 18 police staffers. The building is now home to 40 employees, according to Police Chief Bob Buchanan.
The police department is using one of the building’s two interview rooms as storage space after expanding its dispatch center.
The police headquarters, which are attached to the city building on Main Street, is land locked and parking is scarce, according to Buchanan.
He said there could be cost savings by co-locating at another location, which would free up the current space for other city departments that are also tight on space.
City officials have been analyzing revenue sources to operate its safety departments and are determining whether to seek a tax levy for safety services.
This story contains previous reporting by Staff Writer Denise G. Callahan.