Mayor Thomas hopes to be able to showcase new police station by end of month

While it still remains a fluid situation and things could change, construction on the new Russell Springs Police Department/Alcoholic Beverage Control office is moving along well, and Russell Springs Mayor Eddie Thomas said he hopes to be able to showcase the building to the public by the end of the month.

Thomas said he is looking at Oct. 30 or Oct. 31 to be able to host a walk-through of the building for the public. The building has yet to be furnished and that part of the project could happen later on, but Thomas said he would like to be able to bring people into the building to see what the new facility looks like.

“I just want to have something where we can have some hamburgers or hot dogs and let people come in and see what we’ve got here,” Thomas said.

The facility’s size is nearly double the space that is currently being utilized by the police department and Thomas said he is hopeful that the departments will be fully moved into the building by the beginning of 2021.

Of course, with construction projects, there can be delays, and city officials recognize that as a possibility, but Thomas said he remains optimistic that by the end of the year, the departments are working out of the new building.

Thomas also noted that the building is being paid for by Alcoholic Beverage Control funds. It took some financial maneuvering from City Clerk Chris Ramsey but no funds were taken from the city’s general fund budget to pay for the building.

“This building isn’t costing the taxpayers anything out of the general budget,” Thomas said. “It all came from alcohol money. Every bit of it.”

The new Russell Springs Police station/ABC offices is located next to City Hall on Main Street in Russell Springs.

 

About Zac Oakes 3148 Articles
Zac Oakes is the News and Sports Director for LakerCountry.com and Laker Country WJRS 104.9 FM.