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Smithville Trying To Get Police Department Price Right

Posted by: Brian Wilmoth at newstalk941.com

Following a donation of land next to city hall, the City of Smithville is looking to build a 12,000 square foot structure to replace the existing police department headquarters. City Mayor Josh Miller said original estimated cost was around 2.8 million dollars. “I think the council is wanting to stay around 2.1,” Miller said. “So we are going to go back, talk to the architect, and see what we can do and if there is anywhere we can cut or not cut and just go from there.” The current police department building is around 800 square feet. Miller said officers are spread out all over city hall. The city’s planned new state of the art structure will have a three holding cells and a sally port for prisoners. Once held by the city, they can then be transferred to the County Jail. According to Miller, the current headquarters has been in place for over 40 years and there are safety concerns with the building.

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