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City wants study for new police site
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McMinnville officials voted to spend $1,945 Tuesday night for a comprehensive analysis regarding building or renovating for McMinnville Police Department.The decision was made during a joint meeting of Building and Grounds and Safety and Finance. On the committees are Aldermen Junior Medley, Rick Barnes, Billy Wood, Clair Cochran and Vice Mayor Everett Brock.Information obtained will include a cost review for building a new facility or renovating the old Warren County Furniture building, as well as a determination if the existing structure is sound. After two building sites were proposed — behind the Blue Building and on an empty lot on Main Street — officials requested more accurate construction numbers that began a debate on cost.Since discussions began about a possible move and building rather than renovating, the ballpark cost was set at $100 per square foot with a minimum of 8,500 square feet needed, which were numbers presented by city administrator David Rutherford.However, Greg Brock of Apex Construction Services sent his “best guess” to the city and he put the cost at between $125 and $150 per square foot, which he based on cost data that suggests it would be between $172 and $184 per square foot.“Obviously the cost is totally dictated by design and site location,” Brock said.During Tuesday’s meeting Rutherford stood behind his numbers.“I still stand by $100 a square foot or less,” Rutherford said.