Detailed plans for police facility expected any day

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A delay has crept up in the process of converting the town’s old rescue squad building on Northwest Center Street into Mount Olive’s new police department. The town is waiting for clarification on some design issues before putting the project out to bid.

“I was hoping to have those final plans in hand by now, but they are not here yet,” said Town Manager Charles Brown.

The project needs to get underway as soon as possible though, he added.

“I really expect to have the final plans in hand at any time, and that will clear the way for beginning the bid process,” Brown said.

The planning process up to this point has involved a drafting design and detailed specifications from an engineering firm that will provide a cost estimate for the project.

Once the police department is relocated, the town’s recreation department will also be moved into the vacated police offices.

But leaders say that will not involve any construction. The only change there will be moving furniture.

Brown said the entire current police facility will be more than what is needed for the recreation department and some of it will be used for needed storage space.

The total transition is expected to take about a year.

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