posted on October 18, 2011 16:00
At its October 17th Board Meeting, Huntersville Commissioners voted unanimously to purchase a 26,000 square foot, two-story building at 9630 Julian Clark Avenue in The Park Huntersville for the purposes of a new police station for the Huntersville Police Department.
Commissioners approved a negotiated contract price of just over $4 million with another million expected to retrofit the building to public safety grade and up-fit the space. This is one-third the original anticipated cost of building a new police station and installing the necessary infrastructure to make the new station work. Original estimates on a number of sites ranged from $14 to $20 million, this option will allow the Town to meet this high priority public safety need without a tax increase.
Chief Phil Potter stated: “the facility at 9630 Julian Clark Avenue is uniquely designed to address the current police department needs of segregating violent prisoner from civilian employees and the public, establishes prisoner processing rooms, offers multiple interview rooms and addresses the need for secure space for evidence, while providing the necessary technological infrastructure to keep the Department up-to-date.”
Also at its October 17th meeting, Huntersville Commissioners voted to authorize several other pieces of legislation to provide for debt service, up-fit and equipment for this facility that will serve as the new Police Headquarters facility. The Department also has plans for future expansion on this site as needed in the future.
Commissioners also called a public hearing for November 7th concerning the contract, proposed acquisition of the building/land and associated items. This also ensures the Town can file this request with the North Carolina Local Government Commission for approval of the installment-financing contract in December.
The Town’s strong financial position and strength of past audit reports indicated successful debt management practices and contract obligation policies put the town in the position to be able to take advantage of this opportunity. Huntersville currently maintains a AAA bond rating, the highest given to municipalities.
The new station should be open and staffed by Huntersville officers in late Summer 2012.
“This opportunity will address the serious needs of the Police Department and allow our employees to focus on our core mission of achieving a safer community,” said Chief Potter. He added, “on behalf of the Huntersville Police Department I would like to offer my thank you to the Mayor, Town Board and the Town Manager for their leadership on this very important need.”