The Wood River Police Department has been promised a new home for several years, and it appears an agreement is finally in place to make it happen.  British Petroleum (BP) has reportedly agreed to pay for the construction of a $7.8 million facility to house the department at the southwest corner of Highway 143 at 6th Street.

In a previous interview, Wood River Mayor Fred Ufert told The Big Z that an agreement on a new police station was expected sometime this year.  A published report says the council could officially take up the proposal in August.  Ufert says the current police department offices will be absorbed by the city:

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The new police station will reportedly be about 20-thousand square feet and would include a communications center, eight cells, a sally port, a workout room and locker room and a training facility that could be used by other departments.  If a final agreement is reached next month, construction could begin early next year on the current BP property with a completion within about 18 to 24 months.  

 

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