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Chief proposes buying former gas station for police HQ

BOYCEVILLE — Police Chief Greg Lamkin made his plea to the Village Board Monday evening, May 14 asking the board look into purchasing the former Cenex gas station at the corner of East Street and Highway 170 and remodel it into the Boyceville Police Station.

Recently the Village Offices were moved from the basement of the Village Hall under the Library to the Community Center on Charlotte Street.

During the discussion about the move, the chief had proposed to remodel that basement area into new quarters for the police department.

However, Chief Lamkin noted that the location of that vacant gas station would be an ideally visible location for the police department and it had room for parking. He noted that a two-vehicle garage could be constructed at the rear of the property.

Lamkin had a cost estimate to remodel the basement of the old village hall at $20,000 and the estimated cost of remodeling to the gas station was $35,000.

Village board members suggested that part of the current fire station might be a good location for the police station, noting that the village already owns that property. The board asked Lamkin to bring a cost estimate to remodel the fire station to the board at their special meeting on Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. 

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