Jun 08, 2021 2:33 AM

Great Bend to seek bids for construction of new police station

Posted Jun 08, 2021 2:33 AM
The southwest corner of the 12th & Baker intersection is the recommended building site for the new Great Bend police station.
The southwest corner of the 12th & Baker intersection is the recommended building site for the new Great Bend police station.

By COLE REIF
Great Bend Post

With a 7-0 vote Monday night, the Great Bend City Council moved plans forward to receive proposals for design and construction services for a new police station.

A mayor-appointed committee spent the past eight months researching options and recommended constructing a new facility on the city-owned parking lot at 12th & Baker streets.

City Administrator Kendal Francis said the city will go with a Design-Build project method.

"We would work with a team to plan the new facility with a not-to-exceed price amount for the total project," said Francis. "We would be working to finalize the design and make cuts until the building fit within our budget."

The not-to-exceed dollar amount will be approximately $5 million.

The current police station on Williams Street was constructed in 1928 and has its share of structural problems and inefficient space.

There was a question whether the City Hall offices, butted up next to the police station on Williams, would be reconstructed too.

"I wouldn't foresee a company handling both projects simultaneously although that is still a consideration," said Francis. "Also, if the council chose not to do something with City Hall, we did not want it to kill the entirety of the project." 

Francis anticipated a potential new building for City Hall would be separate from a new police station, but the motion approved will request proposals for financing both. As the city accepts Requests for Proposals, administration and the governing body will go over financing the new buildings.