Plans to convert old rescue facility for police department nearing completion

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A study to determine detailed specifications and the expense to convert the old rescue facility into a new headquarters for the Mount Olive Police Department should be completed sometime within the next four weeks.

“We are in the final planning stage now, because we have to have an engineer’s stamp on that. We have got to have a final specification report before it can be put out to bid,” Town Manager Charles Brown said about the current status of the plans to relocate the police department.

He said the project has to be put out for bid and everyone needs to know what they are bidding on.

“We want to make sure everyone is on the same page when we get to that level. Everyone has to know even the smallest of details in the bid package,” he explained.

Brown said it will probably be another three to four weeks before all that has been completed.

“Once we put it out to bid, probably sometime in January it will have to remain open for another 30 days before we can award them, and clear the way for the work to begin,” said the town manager.

Plans call for relocating the police department there, and using the current police station to house the town’s recreation department operations.

He said it will also leave enough room there for storage, something that is badly needed at the current town hall facility.

The town’s code enforcement and inspections operations will then use the vacated recreation department office.

Once all has been moved into place there will probably be other operations moved into the current police department, he said.

It is a little early right now to discuss that, but other town functions will most likely be moved into the old police department with recreation offices, he added.

The storage room, right now, is a big concern, because there is no room whatsoever for storage of records and other things, Brown said.

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