Marysville City Council members heard a presentation during their Aug. 25 meeting about a $1.4-million piece of the new facilities planned for its police force.

Marysville City Council members heard a presentation during their Aug. 25 meeting about a $1.4-million piece of the new facilities planned for its police force.

The proficiency and qualification center (PAQC) would be part of the department's new headquarters and would house space for training, community events and weapons and equipment storage.

The city is currently seeking bids on a new, joint police and municipal court building and a second fire station.

Officials hope the PAQC will be a part of the new building, which is planned for the northeast corner of West Fifth Street and Raymond Road and is estimated to cost $13.1 million.

The city's second fire station, estimated to cost $3.8 million, is planned for County Home Road.

Funding for both projects comes from a municipal tax increase approved by voters in May 2010.

Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden said he was "passionate" about the need for training space, a firing range and storage. Currently, officers clean their weapons at a kitchen table in the break room and ammunition is stored in a locked filing cabinet, he said.

"We train in order to survive the most critical time of our lives," Golden told council.

Although one resident asked council to consider postponing the projects until the economy recovers, both the Union County sheriff and prosecutor spoke in support of the training center.

Others spoke in favor of the center, saying residents want to see a return on the tax increase they approved.

Officials anticipate breaking ground on both projects in October; the facilities are expected to open in 2012.

The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at City Hall, 125 E. Sixth St.