Bexley could break ground on the proposed new police facility in September, Chief Larry Rinehart told City Council Tuesday night.

Bexley could break ground on the proposed new police facility in September, Chief Larry Rinehart told City Council Tuesday night.

During the meeting, council approved three ordinances that move the facility closer to a construction date: one for purchasing land and two for paying contractors overseeing the construction.

The land is at 2771 Delmar Drive and would cost the city $320,000, city auditor Larry Heiser said.

The contract, which wasn't provided to media at the meeting, has several points, Heiser said, including requiring the city to pay a $10,000 deposit that would be refundable within six months if environmental studies on the land show it is unsuitable for the proposed facility.

Upon taking office, Mayor John Brennan suggested the facility be built at the Delmar location to save funds and expedite the project. Prior to that, council was considering building it on the back of the City Hall lot, 2242 E. Main St. On Brennan's recommendation, council decided the Main Street plan was too costly and time-consuming because it included moving the service department.

On first reading, council approved $95,920 to pay Heapy Engineering for managing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program. The certification requires buildings to use processes and materials that promote environmental sustainability, consultant Dave King said. Such building designs include highly efficient heating and cooling systems, interior materials that create a healthy environment for the inhabitants and architecture that takes advantage of daylight -- and the fact that heat rises, he previously said.

Council member Robyn Jones said the city in the long term would recoup that money because of energy savings that LEED buildings bring.

Buildings constructed to LEED recommendations could save 35 percent annually on energy costs, Rick Simpkins of Heapy Engineering told council in July 2007.

Council also approved on first reading $105,245 to contractors Horne & King and EMH&T for changes in the facilities architectural and engineering design for the new location.

The amount also includes funds for those consultants to complete LEED certification aspects of the design and for landscape architecture services.

Rinehart told ThisWeek the plan is for the construction contract to go to bid July 1.

The city's planning commission and board of zoning appeals first must approve the facility, he said.

"This is a big night for the police department," Rinehart said, "but I think it's an even bigger night for the safety in this town."

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