Is a new police station in Palmyra’s future?
Information that will help city fathers answer that question is expected soon, according to Palmyra Police Chief Eddie Bogue.
At its July 11 meeting the Palmyra City Council authorized a special needs study be conducted to investigate whether a new police station is necessary in the community of approximately 3,600 people. The report is due back about “any day,” says Bogue, who has been Palmyra’s police chief since December 2007.
“The special needs study is to find out what we actually need in a police station since we’re not going to have a holding (area) and we’re not going to have communications (center),” said Bogue.
The City Council will review the study’s findings and then decide whether or not to proceed.
“Once we get that (study) back, if we go to the next step, we’ll be giving it to an architect to put a design together for square footage and to see what it might cost,” said Bogue.
According to Bogue, Palmyra’s police station has been at 301 S. Main St. since the early ‘80s.
“It used to be a doctor’s office; Dr. Wells used to be here,” said the chief.
Bogue acknowledges that additional space would be nice to have.
“We’re working out of about 650 square feet,” he said. “It’s not efficient. It’s not safe.”