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Town & Country aldermen approve bid to update police department

Town & Country’s police department will be getting a “facelift” as the city’s Board of Aldermen, on March 8, unanimously approved a bid for renovations. 

A. Eilers Construction was selected out of five bidders to do the project at a cost of $96,230. The project includes updates to command staff offices, the police department hallway and break room, and the detective bureau. The renovations are to improve function, productivity and hygiene and reduce maintenance cost.

The police department, housed in the municipal building, is 25 years old, according to Police Chief James Cavins. Currently, it is dimly lit with outdated furniture that is not “professionally welcoming” to residents, elected officials and other law enforcement agencies.  

“It is absolutely overdue for a facelift remodel,” Cavins said. 

He noted the police department updates would bring increased pride, morale, efficiency and proficiency among officers and personnel. 

One potential risk to the project would be discovering mold that has been spotted in the past, according to City Administrator Bob Shelton. 

“However, with the contingency amount, we believe that would be covered if there is any need for the remediation,” he said. 

Alderman Sue Allen (Ward 4) spoke in support of the project.

“The police department has very different needs and expectations than a normal business office …,” she said. “This is something that needs to be done. It’s always hard to spend a lot of money, but in my opinion, this would be a priority.”

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