City moves forward with police HQ plans

Posted 12/10/19

Madisonville City Council members agreed Monday evening to keep momentum flowing on the financial timeline for the planned new headquarters for the police department.

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City moves forward with police HQ plans

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Madisonville City Council members agreed Monday evening to keep momentum flowing on the financial timeline for the planned new headquarters for the police department.

As reported, after years located inside City Hall, the Madisonville Police Department will relocate to an abandoned Baptist church across the street to accommodate their growing force and storage needs. The move was approved during the budget process and is expected to cost around $750,000. However, Madisonville is still in the early stages of the move. The building is not expected to be ready for about 18 months.

Council members kept things moving at their regular meeting Monday, voting to publish a notice of intention to issue bonds totaling $1.25 million. The move was the first in a long, complicated timetable currently planned to end in April, though unexpected bumps in the road could push that date.

“This is just the starting process of borrowing money,” Ben Rosenberg of U.S. Capital Advisors told the council. Rosenberg – one of the city’s financial advisors – and architect Fred Patterson of Patterson Architects provided Council members with a glimpse of the future for the police headquarters.

The city will need to follow the somewhat-byzantine process of issuing bonds for the construction of the police station and receive the funds before renovations begin.

“You’re not supposed to award a contract for construction unless you have the money in the bank,” Rosenberg said.

Even the blueprints for the proposed police station are still in a nascent state, though being developed concurrent with the financial process.

“We’re moving forward with the design development phase,” Patterson said. “We’re looking forward to getting plans our at the first of the year.”

Patterson said there will be a presentation of the design development plans for the regular March City Council meeting.

In other moves Monday, the city to file for financial assistance from the Texas Water Development Board, which provides low-interest loans to municipalities in regard to water and sewer issues.

City Manager Camilla Viator stressed that the city may not need any funding from the Water Development Board, nor would it be required to follow through with the request, but Monday’s resolution provided the freedom to do so. Funds from the board could be used to replace the city’s sewer plant, helping bolster the entire sewage system.

“We can replace every sewer line in town, but if the sewer plant isn’t ready, it won’t do any good,” Viator said.

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