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Park Theatre, police station to get more discussion Tuesday
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A McMinnville Building and Grounds Committee meeting will be held Tuesday night  to discuss Park Theatre renovation and a new facility for McMinnville Police Department.
Officials requested information on bonds and interest rates to finance a $1.8 million Park Theatre renovation during their meeting Aug. 9. That information will be available Tuesday night.
“I think we received the information today,” said city administrator David Rutherford on Friday. “It will be presented to officials Tuesday night.”
Until the information is given to board members, Rutherford would not release any specific facts.
In past meetings, the city has estimated annual debt service on 20-year bonds to be $120,000 a year, while Park Theatre Group members anticipated debt service payments to be $102,000.
When it comes to the police department, Building and Grounds Committee members requested the city’s legal counsel to review the lease agreement between Regions Bank and the city on Aug. 9.
“Before we spend $1.5 million on another building, I think we could consider moving our tenants out of the building,” said Alderman Rick Barnes.
Currently, Regions Bank is housed on the first floor of city hall. It pays $70,000 a year in rent and one-fourth of the maintenance costs of the building. If the city breaks the lease, the floor can be used to increase available square footage for the police department to be housed at city hall.
The idea of relocating the police department to city hall was proposed by Alderman Junior Medley. MPD would also utilize the basement and second floor of city hall, as well as the existing board room for court.
For additional parking, Medley says pave The Lot for patrol cars.
“We can put up a fence, maybe wrought iron, to make it look nice,” Medley said. “I think APAC gave me a bid for paving. I think the cost was $15,000 and it would allow 30 parking spots. I will have to take a look at the information.”
Alderman Billy Wood was not in favor of paving The Lot.
“Could you repeat that Junior,” he said. “I don’t think I heard you. You want to pave over the grassy lot across the street?”
Also bringing a strong reaction from Wood was the idea to kick out Regions from the building.
“Are you guys seriously thinking about kicking the bank out,” Wood said. “I can’t believe you would even suggest that.”
Barnes and Medley voted to allow counsel to review the lease agreement, what the city would have to do to break the lease, and how much the action would cost the city. Wood voted against the measure.
Tuesday’s meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of city hall.