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Decatur City Council looking to buy furnishings for new police facility

February 18, 2014

By Allison Petty, Herald & Review, Decatur, Ill.



Feb. 18--DECATUR -- The Decatur City Council could take steps tonight to outfit the new police station slated to open later this year.

The council is set to consider a measure authorizing the city to enter into a $1.5 million financing agreement with Busey Bank, as well as three contracts to spend some of that money on furniture and technology for the new facility at 707 South Side Drive.

Assistant City Manager Billy Tyus said the costs have been anticipated as part of the police station move, which the council approved in September.

"These items were items that we knew were coming," Tyus said. "The pricing was where we expected, and so these three items and the financing would allow for the completion of this part of the project."

The council will vote on a $301,600 contract with Bradford Systems Corp. for lockers, shelving and storage. The company has offices in several Illinois, Missouri and Indiana locations, including Peoria.

Currently, officers must keep equipment such as ticket books, riot helmets and batons in their vehicles and transport them to work each day, according to an informational memo distributed to council members. The new facility will provide space for those types of items as well as much-needed space to store evidence.

Also on the agenda is a $355,799 contract with Bodine Communications of Decatur for technology systems, which includes audio-visual equipment, security systems and structured cabling.

The council will also consider a $264,600 contract with Wiley Office Furniture of Springfield for office furniture.

Tyus said a police station, by its nature, would have different needs than a typical office. The furniture will be used 24 hours a day.

"It's a constant operation. It doesn't stop," Tyus said. "The other thing is that, you're buying a different type of equipment because it's for police officers as well. They have a radio on one hip and a gun on the other, so it's got to be bigger and it's got to allow for those kinds of things."

The council in September agreed to a 20-year lease, with options for extension, with B.W. of Decatur LLC, of which the managing partner is Tony Romano. Rent will start at about $500,000 and increase 5 percent every five years.

The Decatur Police Department is expected to move into the facility in the second quarter of this year.

apetty@herald-review.com|(217) 421-6986

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