DeKALB – The DeKalb City Council will take its first vote Monday on a plan to borrow $12.25 million to pay for the new
police station and make improvements at two local fire houses.
The vote is not final action; that will occur Sept. 24 provided the council passes the ordinance on first reading.
Under this borrowing plan, the city will spend $15.8 million over the next 19 years to repay the debt.
In addition to funding the police station, the money will pay for improvements at Fire Station No. 2, at
1154 S. 7th St., and Fire Station No. 3, at 950 W. Dresser Road.
Fire Chief Eric Hicks previously described the improvements at Fire Station No. 2 as being sorely
Fire Station No. 2 would have its living space for firefighters increased and would be better outfitted to
handle increased electrical needs.
Meanwhile, Fire Station No. 3 has not had any maintenance performed on it since it was built in 1994.
The council also considered borrowing money to pay for improvements at the intersection of Peace Road and Route 38, but a number of aldermen felt uncomfortable with the cost, which would have been $19.4 million over 23 years.
The council will also have a groundbreaking ceremony 3 p.m. Monday at 700 W. Lincoln Highway, the site of the new police station.