By Rick Palsgrove
Estimates for renovating Groveport’s municipal building and its newly acquired police station building are higher than city officials anticipated.
Initially officials asked Groveport City Council to approve the issuance of $800,000 in bonds to pay for buying the police station property – which is a 6,000 square foot, one story, 14-year-old concrete and metal office building located at 5690 Clyde Moore Drive – and to fund improvements to the police station building and upgrade the municipal building.
However, City Administrator Marsha Hall said, because of the higher renovation estimates, approximately $1 million is needed.
Hall said the newly acquired police building, purchased for $472,550, has more than double the amount of space than the police department now uses at the municipal building, located at 655 Blacklick St.
Hall said it was more affordable for the city to buy an existing building for the police station rather than build a new one.
“It would cost $5 million to build a new police station,” said Hall.
She said the police could be in the building by the end of this year. Plans to remodel the police building include installing two locker rooms, plumbing improvements, a generator, a prisoner intake room, a secure evidence room, office furniture, computer and communication technology, and a driveway to the rear of the building.
Additionally, improvements are planned for the police storage building located near the “Tin Man” water tower.
According to Hall, planned improvements to the municipal building include: moving the building department into the former police space, increasing conference room and office space, creating a lunch room and moving the law director, council clerk and clerk of courts into the current building department space.
Council will vote on the issuance of the bond notes at its Sept. 23 meeting.
Council is considering streamlining the process used by non-profit groups and individual youths seeking grant funding from the city.
Under the proposed changes, the deadline for grant requests would be Feb. 1.
“This gives council time to consider the applications prior to making decisions about appropriations,” said Hall.
Non-profit organizations seeking a grant must also submit a budget.
To apply for a grant, an individual youth must be a city resident and be in grades 6-12. The maximum amount for a youth grant is $300 per grant with $1,500 maximum allocated annually for the program. A copy of a voucher or invoice detailing costs is required. Eligible youth grant activities include federal, state or local civics; Junior ROTC; leadership; scouting; vocational; or a community project.