City council finalizes plans for renovations

By Thomas Verschelde

DeKalb City Council is close to finalizing plans for the renovation of the city hall and police station, located at 200 S. Fourth St.

Fourth Ward Alderman Brendon Gallagher said the renovations will be under way as soon as the council votes to approve it.

“We can delay this no longer,” said DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen. “We have been delaying on a new police station for over 10 years now.”

The modeling would take care of many issues for city hall including asbestos removal, code updates and insulating the building properly to save money on heating, said 7th Ward Alderwoman Lisa Kammes.

“We need a new police facility or a vastly improved one,” Povlsen said. “At the same time, the city hall that was built in 1967 needs better heating, ventilation and new windows. It is very inefficient and not cost effective so we must take care of that too.”

At a special council meeting on April 18, council members decided on the second of two options that would renovate city hall and provide a new police department.

“Council came to the conclusion that option one, to remodel all of the existing buildings and use that space, must be ruled out which would have cost $8 million to $8.5 million,” Kammes said. “Option two is to add a new addition, which will be the police station, onto the existing city hall and remodel city hall. Having everyone in the same building was the better of the two choices for many reasons, and it will cost $10 million to $10.5 million.”

The second option will provide the police department with a new building that is 34,500 square feet of space, Kammes said.

The council is also exploring the option of putting the new police station on Lincoln Highway, but that is still to be decided upon.

Steve Irving of Irving Construction, 1826 Sycamore Road, will discuss the new police station location details at a future city council meeting as soon as Irving has all necessary information, Kammes said. The location for the new police station will be decided at that meeting.