DeKalb City Council sees “higher than expected” costs for new police station

By Dave Gong

The City of DeKalb will take another look at the proposed design contract for the new DeKalb Police Station.

DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen said the contract was pulled from Monday’s city council agenda because the council thought the bid was more expensive than it should be. The bid was from PSA Dewberry, a Virginia-based architectural firm, and carried a price tag of $1.14 million.

“We had gone through a process several months ago about picking a firm, and they did rise to the top as a firm we wanted to consider,” Povlsen said. “When the bid came back, it seemed too high.”

DeKalb City Manager Mark Biernacki said other professional services, such as civil engineering and traffic studies, added to the higher-than-average cost.

“I believe there was an element of sticker shock on the price,” Biernacki said.

Biernacki said the city will review the contract and possibly split out the extra services and contract them separately in order to bring the cost down.

A revised contract is expected to be given to the city council sometime in November, Biernacki said.

“Right now, we’re in the data-gathering phase,” Povlsen said.