The Sandwich City Council is still undecided about whether to move forward with outfitting the Designed Stairs as the city's new Public Safety Building.
At Monday night's Budget Meeting, aldermen learned there is no money in reserve for the new police station, and the cost of the outfitting the facility ranges from $4.2 to $4.6 million.
Originally, the plan was to build a new facility on W. Center St., but the cost of that building was prohibitive.
The city instead acquired the Designed Stairs building on E. 6th St. three years ago. The current police station is in the old Oatman Dairy building on E. College St.
At Monday night's meeting, alderman Les Redden spoke first about the proposed new police station.
Redden suggested having only one police department dispatcher on duty during the day instead of operating police dispatch for 24 hrs.
Sandwich Police Chief Jim Bianchi said the city is spending $185,000 per year on dispatcher salaries.
Redden also mentioned the school resource officer and the K-9 as possible cuts in the Police Dept. budget.
Chief Bianchi said that there are minimum requirements for the new police station.
Alderman Pete Dell said getting money for the police station needs to be a team effort.
Sandwich Mayor Rick Olson summed up Monday night's meeting.
The $8.7 million proposed budget will be back in front of the Sandwich City Council at a Special Budget Meeting following next Monday's regular city council meeting.
The budget as it stands now will be available for viewing at 8:00 a.m. Thursday in City Hall.
Hear Jim Wyman's WSPY News story on Monday night's Sandwich City Council meeting by clicking the link below: