Police Station

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The Homer City Council is close to finalizing its proposal for a new $7.5 million police station. On Thursday, it came to a consensus on how it will ask the public to pay for $5 million of the project and how complete of a design it will present before Homer residents vote on a bond measure this fall.

The council unanimously agreed to pay for a survey of the site that would map out utilities, sample for hazardous material and determine soil composition.

Public Works Director Carrey Meyer told the council he expects the site to be suitable for the new station.

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The Homer City Council moved forward with discussions on how to pay for a new police station Tuesday. During a work session, council members leaned toward a seasonal sales tax to pay for part of the roughly $7.5 million project. However, several details still need to be ironed out.

The council was presented with a range of options on how to pay for a new police station from increasing property taxes, a seasonal sales tax to a year-around sales tax option.  

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The Homer City Council is another step closer to consensus on a new police station. Disagreements over site selection, design and funding the project have prevented it from moving forward for the last few years, but the council has been holding work sessions on those issues. It chose a site, basic design and a price point last month. On Monday, it tackled the construction process and gave city staff guidance on funding the project.

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Homer City Council members made headway on plans for a new police station Monday during a facilitated work session. The council has been at odds over site selection, the scale and cost of the project, and had previously set its sights on a $6 million building. But council members agreed Monday that the cheaper option left out important features and hampered future expansion.

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The Homer City Council took an in-depth look at a preliminary design for a new police station Monday. The design plan calls for constructing a new facility at the corner of Heath Street and Grubstake Avenue. The $6 million building would be a vast improvement over the Homer Police Department’s current facility, but the plan does come with some drawbacks due to financial constraints.

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The Homer City Council got its first look at preliminary design plans for a new police station Monday. The council contracted Stantec to design a rough $6 million layout in August, but the design firm came back with both an $8 million and $6 million option.

A task force recommended building a $6 million or $9 million dollar building at the corner of Heath Street and Grubstake Avenue earlier this summer, but the council has focused on the cheaper option due to concerns over the cost of maintaining a larger building.

Shahla Farzan, KBBI News

The Homer City Council made some progress towards a new police station Monday. The  council passed a resolution contracting Stantec, an architecture firm that has worked on the project for three years, to produce a preliminary design for a $6 million police station at the corner of Heath Street and Grubstake Avenue, also known as the Waddell site.

The council hashed out the resolution, proposed by council member Donna Aderhold, during a work session and unanimously passed an amended version during its regular meeting.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Homer City Council is still trying to make progress towards building a new police station, but critical factors such as location and funding remain sticking points.

The council voted to dissolve the city’s $2.4 million permanent fund in June to fund part of a new police station and pay off a long-term loan on the Homer Public Library building. But, council members were under the impression the fund, which is invested in bonds and the stock market, had only grown about 1 percent.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

After two years of work towards a new facility to house Homer’s police department, the Homer City Council can’t agree on how to move forward. After voters shot down a $12 million option in 2016, several council members want to know how much the public is willing to pay. But, the council voted against spending money to answer that question Monday.

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Frustration over the slow progress towards a new police station was evident at Monday’s Homer City Council Meeting. Council members fretted over how the city would pay for either a $6 million or $9 million option.

Last month, a task force recommended building the station just north of the post office rather than expanding the current Public Safety or the HERC buildings. There are currently no designs for the new facility.

In order to offset the price tag, the council approved dissolving Homer’s roughly $2.3 million permanent fund to pay for planning and construction.

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