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St. Charles to start saving for police station

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles is starting to save up for a new police station.

Finance Director Chris Minick on Aug. 1 presented aldermen with a proposal to earmark $1 million of the city’s anticipated $1.5 million surplus from the last fiscal year for a new police facility.

The remaining surplus would go into the general fund reserve, which is typical, Minick said.

Aldermen, who met as the Government Operations Committee, supported the measure, which will be acted on by the St. Charles City Council.

The city hasn’t yet identified a location for a new police station.

Options presented in February included choices that would keep the station at its downtown site, as well as potential new locations, including city-owned property at Red Gate Road and Route 31 – a location that wasn’t well received by aldermen.

The potential cost ranged from a $6.2 million remodel of the existing building to a nearly $22 million plan of demolishing the entire existing facility and building a new station in its place.

Costs of building new at a different site were estimated at about $18.5 million.

Aldermen in February suggested the Valley Shopping Center and the public works facility as possibilities to consider.

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