The current police, fire and town hall buildings were constructed in the 1990s, 20+ years ago.
Since then, staffing has more than doubled. North Carolina laws governing retention of documents, evidence storage and required fire equipment have created demands for space. Growth in population and increased demands for services has also added to space needs. All of these factors resulted in the Town Council addressing this matter at a retreat in February 2016.
In July 2016, Council hired an architectural firm to provide a design and estimated construction budget. The design includes expanding town hall; renovating the existing police building and expanding into the current attached building used by fire personnel; construction of a new fire station on adjacent land owned by the Town; and redesign of traffic and parking.
In February 2017, Council hired the same firm to prepare plans and specifications for construction. Contractor bids will be received in September. After construction numbers are known, Council will hold a public hearing giving notice of intent to finance the project with an anticipated budget of $5 million.
Town Council expects these improvements to serve the Town's needs adequately for another 25+ years. Construction should begin in October or November and last 12 - 18 months.