Another concern is that the parking garage will not be self-supporting financially for a number of years. In addition, we are looking at a new water plant, a new fire truck, and other capital needs.
I believe that we should take first things first - and that is, without argument, a police station.
I observe other cities that have remodeled existing buildings for city halls, police stations, fire departments, public works buildings, communications centers, etc.
Remodeling would be much less than $2.5 million of the projected cost of a new building. I am in the process of investigating such possibilities for a police station. However, common logic says that I can't divulge locations, as that usually affects the price. At the last executive session, I suggested one location that did not meet commissioners' approval. I fail to see that a short time of due diligence will matter in comparison to the time already wasted, especially if it will be more economical.
In the event that we find it necessary to build a new building, I would favor spending $2.5 million for a new police station rather than spending $3.8 million, which would include the remodeling of city hall.
Our budget should provide for contingencies such as saving log houses, improving parks, funds for appropriate non-profit agencies and organizations - all of these things are for the enjoyment of the citizens and improving the quality of life in Danville.
In closing, let me assure the editor and the voters that my vote on this matter is absolutely no indication, or at least on my part, of any "voting bloc."
I believe in cooperation, teamwork and communication, and that the subject of each vote should stand on its own merit. I believe that other commissioners would agree. It is necessary to work together in an open-minded and tolerant manner.
Mayor of Danville