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New home for police?
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McMinnville officials will be reviewing a proposal Thursday that could result in a new home for McMinnville Police Department, while considering its former home for auction.
Under review by Building and Grounds Committee members at a 5:40 p.m. meeting is a proposal by Jerry Williamson for the city to purchase his property on the corner of the bypass and Old Smithville Road. The building is approximately 7,000 square feet and is currently being used as a Social Security office.
While details are not being released from city hall until the meeting, sources say the sale price is approximately $650,000 and would include building a 1,200-square-foot courtroom with additional restrooms and paving the parking lot.
Officials have considered several options as a permanent home for the police department since it was moved from the Blue Building and into Red Road Business Park in November 2009.
When it comes to the Blue Building, its future will also be up for discussion. During the board’s regular session at 7 p.m., members will be considering resolutions to declare the property and two city-owned vacant lots on Main Street surplus property.