By Bruce F. Griffin
Special to the Beacon Journal
COPLEY TWP.: A contract for architectural design of a new police station is expected to be on the table when township trustees meet next week.
Trustees approved a resolution at a special meeting Wednesday directing architect David King of Dublin-based Horne and King to put ideas discussed over the past several months into plans for a new station.
The township attorney has reviewed the contract and “it does include everything we were concerned about,” Copley Fiscal Officer Janice Marshall said.
If trustees approve the contract at their meeting Wednesday, the next step for the project is expected to be exploration of funding options. Among the possibilities are a long-term, low-interest U.S. Department of Agriculture loan, sale of municipal bonds and talks with area bank officials who specialize in municipal construction projects.
“We’re doing it in stages, one step at a time,” Copley Trustee Helen Humphrys said of the project.
Long term, trustees are considering converting Copley’s 6,000-square-foot police station into a community center and razing the current center located across the parking lot from the police station off Sunset Drive.
Humphrys described the township’s aging community center as a maintenance “money pit,” riddled with structural problems, including mold in the walls.
The site of the new police station is expected to be directly behind the present community center.