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New Wellington police station in the works

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    This East Herrick Avenue property may be renovated to house the Wellington police station.

    BRUCE WALTON / CHRONICLE

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    The floorplan for a proposed new Wellington police station.

    PHOTO PROVIDED

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WELLINGTON — The Village Council announced plans for a new police station on properties at 147 and 149 East Herrick Avenjue on Wednesday morning.

Three businesses currently occupy the property — attorney Alecia Vidika’s office; Schlather Insurance Agency Inc.; and Hammersmith & Ditz LLC, an accounting service.

The property will cost the village about $465,000 and renovation costs are estimated at $1.5 million.

The village has place a three-quarter of a percent income tax increase on the November ballot to help pay for the new police station, employees and infrastructure. The tax increase would generate $750,000 annually.

The village currently has a 1 percent income tax without reciprocity. The proposal being discussed would enact 100 percent reciprocity for anyone working outside the village and paying up to 1.75 percent in income taxes in the community where they work.

The police station at village hall offers very little space, Police Chief Tim Barfield said.

The department has been there since the mid-1970s, he said, and is long overdue for a change.

The plans for the new station include about 6,400 square feet of space, more than six times what the department currently has. The design includes a room for evidence processing, separate men’s and women’s locker rooms, a break room, larger offices, a conference room, and two different interview rooms.

Barfield said the staff currently uses one small room as a report-writing room, an evidence processing room, a locker room, an interview room and a lunch room.

“It literally doesn’t work, but we don’t have the space,” Barfield said.

The plans also showed a room for briefing other officers on the day’s agenda, which is currently done through multiple rooms with officers shouting to one another. The space of the old station may be used for storage if the department relocates.

Barfield said the village has talked about relocating the station for two to three years and is happy to finally see it happening. The plan is still subject to changes, but Mayor Hans Schneider said the floor plan gives the village a good idea of what they want.

Schneider said the village will soon reach out to the businesses and hopes they stay in Wellington.

The mayor said the village does not have a lot of details on what backup plans there will be for the station. Right now, the village’s greatest concern is getting through November.

“We’re going to keep a positive approach and I feel confident if we put our best foot forward so the residents will support this in November,” he said.

The property owner has notified the businesses of the village’s plans, Schneider said. None of the entities could be reached for comment Wednesday.

Contact Bruce Walton at 329-7123 or by email at bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or on Twitter @BruceWalton.


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