Bonds approved by Farmington voters Tuesday will be sold in early September and the city can begin construction on its new fire and police station any time after that, the Farmington City Council was told this week.
Voters on Tuesday approved selling $225,000 in bonds for the public safety building and an additional $170,000 in bonds for park improvements. The park bonds will not be sold immediately, according to the city council, but will be held in reserve for use with matching state and federal grant money.Bond advisor Larry Denham told the council the bond sale must be advertised and legal documents drawn up before the bonds can be sold. The city can complete architectural plans for the fire and police station and advertise for bids in the meantime, Denham said.
When the bond money becomes available, construction can begin, probably by the first week in September, Denham said. If construction starts then, the building could be completed by late December or early January, Denham estimated.
Voters Tuesday approved the fire and police station bonds by a 343-116 vote. The park bonds passed 280-175.
Total cost of the police and fire station is estimated at $425,000 to $450,000. The city will use the $225,000 in bond funds in addition to fire impact fees it has collected from developers and capital improvement funds it has saved to pay for the building.