DeKALB – Construction on DeKalb’s new police station is continuing “aggressively,” Public Works Director T.J. Moore said to the City Council Monday night.
Moore said construction was two weeks ahead of schedule under budget, with 90 percent of the curb and 90 percent of the sidewalk completed.
“We’re hitting our goal to be under roof before the snow flies,” Moore said. “That’s going to be tight, but we’re very confident at this point.”
Moore said they are doing everything they can to come in under $12 million, the amount the City Council set for the police station.
But keeping construction costs under budget has meant the police station has scaled back in certain ways. Those ways vary, Moore said.
“We’re still at a position of looking very hard at the documents and saying, prioritizing things that have to stay, these are the things that have to go,” Moore said.
For instance, instead of having two garage bays – like Police Chief Eugene Lowery requested – the city will only be able to pay for one. Other reductions included using certain finishes on the floor and making small aesthetic changes to the architecture.
“There’s no lightning rod where we’re going to cut back and all of our problems are cured,” Moore said. “It’s lots of small things.”
Sixth Ward Alderman David Baker requested a “shopping list” of things that could be added onto the building at a later date if the council had the money.
Moore said it is possible for certain things to be added on, and he will present his findings to the council at a later date.
Earlier that day, the City Council hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at 700 W. Lincoln Highway, where the station is being built.
Moore said in a previous interview that the station should be completed in November 2013.