The future of Marysville's safety services began to take shape with the city's announcement of a location for a new police and municipal court facility last week.

The future of Marysville's safety services began to take shape with the city's announcement of a location for a new police and municipal court facility last week.

The city will hold a land-dedication ceremony on Oct. 7 for the grounds, located at the northeasterly corner of W. Fifth St. and Raymond Road, the driveway across the street from McAuliff's Ace Hardware.

City administrator Jillian Froment said the city evaluated 12 sites before deciding on this one.

"This site is already city property, and is just over 16 acres," Froment said. "There are no structures on it right now; the city uses it for a clean landfill, such as when we need to dump soil."

Froment said the city did an objective scoring of each potential site, trying to find something that was a minimum of 5.4 acres, and was not in a flood plain. Then officials analyzed associated costs such as if utilities needed to be relocated, whether or not there were two entrances to the property, and whether or not a site would affect neighbors' ability to expand their properties. Froment said the site chosen met all of the needed criteria; the only downside, she said, was that it isn't in Uptown Marysville.

"Our concern was that this wasn't in Uptown, but we just couldn't find something that was big enough we needed at least 5.4 acres," she said. "Ideally, it would have been there, but there just wasn't the opportunity."

Froment said the city released bids for design work for the new facilities two weeks ago, which are due back in early October. The city hopes to have an architect contracted by mid-November, followed by about nine months of design work. Construction on the new buildings could begin as early as the beginning of 2012, with an opening in early 2013.

The city will look for an architect who has experience gathering public input on his or her designs, Froment said, in an effort to give Marysville's residents a chance to make the facilities their own.

The ceremony is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, and is open to the public.