It appears McMinnville Police Department will be moving back into the Blue Building.
City officials voted Tuesday night to accept an ordinance that calls for relocating the department after first renovating the Blue Building.
The measure passed 5-2. Voting in favor of it were Mayor Jimmy Haley, Vice Mayor Ben Newman and Aldermen Rick Barnes, Mike Neal and Ken Smith. Voting against it were Aldermen Jimmy Bonner and Billy Wood.
What officials accepted was Proposal C, which was to renovate the existing Blue Building to develop it into McMinnville Police Department. While the city’s legal counsel recommended the estimated cost not be included in the wording of the ordinance, the original proposal stated the cost is not to exceed $2.8 million.
Officials had two other options to consider before agreeing on Proposal C. Proposal A was to construct a new Police Department behind the Blue Building. Proposal B was to demolish the Blue Building and construct a new Police Department at that spot.
Proposal A and B both failed before Proposal C was approved.
Prior to considering any of the above, Wood attempted to add his own preference to the mix. He motioned to amend the options to sell the Blue Building and all the property with it, sell the two empty lots located at 207 and 209 E. Main Street, and build a Police Department at the old Bernard School.
The next step in the process will be hiring an architect or engineer to design the specifications for renovating the building. That information will be used in a request for proposal package when the city goes out for bids. Once the bids are received, the cost will be known.