Council to host police station work session

Members of the Homer City Council will host a work session before their next meeting to discuss their options when it comes to the long-debated Homer Police station.

The work session, which will start at 4 p.m. Monday in the Cowles Council Chambers, is being held to give council members a chance to get on the same page before advancing down the path to make a new police station happen. Council members tabled a resolution at their last meeting that would have directed an architecture company to create 10 percent concept designs on the options for a future police station. Council members postponed voting on that resolution until after they could discuss the issue in the work session.

The three options for a new police station are a facility at the corner of Heath Street and Grubstake Avenue not to exceed $9 million, an approximately $6 million facility at the same location, and modified plans for the HERC building that would remove a shooting range. The city’s Police Station Building Task Force had previously recommended the Heath Street lot as the preferred site, while the council added the HERC site as another option.

Some funds have been earmarked for a future police station, including what remained of the city’s Permanent Fund after about $1.2 million was dedicated at the last city council meeting to pay off the city’s loan left over from constructing the Homer Public Library. Still, some additional funds would need to be raised for the police station.

During Monday’s regular city council meeting, a resolution brought forward by member David Lewis, “Committing to Continual Work Towards Becoming a City that is Universally Accessible to All,” is on the consent agenda. That resolution addresses making Homer more accomodating and welcoming for those age 65 and older or those experiencing a disability.