KAYSVILLE – A public hearing on a proposal to fund a new police station in Kaysville is set for Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m.
The hearing on the proposed bond, which is expected to be set at around $5.2 million for the project, will take place in city hall, 23 E. Center Street.
The current facility was built in 1986 when the city had nine police officers and 12,000 residents, according to Police Chief Sol Oberg. Now, 23 officers protect the city of 28,000.
Oberg addressed the city council in November, outlining the deficiencies of the station and a temporary construction trailer added to the south of it to address department needs.
“It’s a liability to public safety,” Oberg told city leaders. Calling the building “decrepit,” he said it lacks sufficient space to process and store evidence, provide training, offer privacy to those filing reports or interrogate suspects away from other department activities.
A $5.5 milllion bond measure that would have financed a new station was rejected by voters in 2010. Timing likely contributed to its failure, said Oberg, who was not police chief at the time. He said the economic challenges of the recession made it difficult for people to support the measure.
The proposal now being considered is for a lease revenue bond, which does not require a vote of city residents as did the measure in 2010, which was for a general obligation bond.
In the past, general obligation bonds were more desirable because they had lower interest rates, according to city finance director Dean Storey, city finance director.
“In today’s market, rates for lease revenue bonds are very comparable -- almost equivalent,” he said. “We thought that at this point in the game, it is the preferred method.”
If financed, the station would be built on the northwest corner of the city block, at 100 North and Main Street.