A city council committee meeting will be held on Thursday, June 25 in city hall where aldermen---in particular city council's four newest members---will have the opportunity to learn about possible plans to build a new fire station and police headquarters.
City Manager Jason Bajor said the meeting of the Community Development Committee, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., will serve primarily as a setting where aldermen can learn about the new station proposals. Bajor added that there are no new developments, explaining that the city continues to pursue adding a fourth fire station, most likely on Central Road on the city's far north side.
In addition, aldermen have said that there is a strong need for a new police headquarters to replace the 20,000 sq. ft. facility next to city hall. Aldermen have said they are interested in possibly building a new police station on property east of city hall that could include land where the former Masonic Temple stands at Miner and Lee and the Choo-Choo Restaurant at Lee and Jefferson streets.
Choo-Choo owner Jean Paxton said Monday that she is unaware of any new developments in the possible purchase by the city of the property where her restaurant is located. She said Mayor Marty Moylan regularly stops by to say hello and is always "adamant that I'm staying."
Said Paxton, "I like to hear that. I'm still cautiously optimistic. People constantly ask me how things are going."