SHILOH – The Shiloh Committee at Large tabled a request for a space needs analysis for the Shiloh Police Department to upgrade their facilities.
An analysis was done eight years ago, one that trustees noted was extensive. FGM Architects, which specializes in fire and police department buildings, has bid $8,500 to update the study.
The original study didn’t lead to a new police department because there was no funding to build a new one, but according to Shiloh Police Chief Jim Stover “Space needs have changed. That was supposed to be a temporary facility. Right now, if uniforms get contaminated by blood, guys are having to go home because we’ve got nowhere to change. We’re running out of parking space. We’re having a hard time separating people to interview or question them without someone else hearing.”
Trustees Mark Kurtz and Kurt Burrelsman questioned spending the money with a new firm rather than using the original firm, who bid $6,000 to update the study, or even having it redone at all since not much has changed.
“We’ve got a lot coming down the pike that requires funding and we don’t need an analysis to know that we need more space and better facilities. We need a discussion to decide if we’re going to build this new structure. We need to make sure that our city budget is of with it and right now, I’m not sure that it is. I’m not sure even if we tried to do a bond, that we have the capacity and collateral for a bond,” said Burrelsman.
Village Administrator John Marquart said that this would just be the first step, and that the Village “would be eligible for a low interest rate program. There’s a number of different possibilities, a lot of financial alternatives.”
Mayor Jim Vernier suggested maybe looking at different land options and possibly forming a committee to decide on a future site for the new police department building and proceeding from there. The trustees, who are all in agreement that the Shiloh Police Department needs a new facility, agreed and have tabled the discussion until the October 24 Committee at Large Meeting to allow for brainstorming on how best to proceed with the facility and keeping financial prudence in mind.
In Other News:
• The committee approved Phase 5 for the Wingate Development that was previously passed by the Shiloh Planning Commission. This phase will see the development of 14 new lots, some of which are already under contract.
• The lease for the Shiloh Police Department property lease is extended for one year with the option for moving month to month after the lease would expire in September of 2017. If the Village chooses to go month to month, the fees will increase 2.5 percent each year.
• The committee declared a 2004 Toyota Tundra to be a surplus vehicle. There was a recall on the vehicle and would be $15,000 to fix it. Since the truck was brought in after the official recall ended, they will sell it basically for scrap.