Work at York police station pushes forward

In case you were wondering, the city’s police station upgrade is apparently chugging right along.

York Police Chief Wes Kahley is shown here in February, giving a tour of the soon-to-be renovated police station on West King Street.

The $5 million-plus project – funded mostly by a state grant – seems to have shifted into high gear in recent weeks.

Crews inside the building are hard at work transforming the old city hall, and the city recently accepted a large donation from WellSpan Health to push the project forward.

This week, there was more news about the police station.

York City Council on Tuesday night approved a resolution allotting $55,000 for “professional services” to Buchart Horn Inc. The motion passed unanimously.

Councilman David Satterlee said the money will fund construction management at the police station site, at 50 W. King St.

Basically, that’s money used to organize the construction, and to fund the folks in charge of making sure the work gets done well and on time, Satterlee said.

Jim Gross, the city’s public works director, has said the 18-month project is humming along, and is on schedule to be completed in about 15 months, or by the summer of 2014.

The city initially received a $5 million state grant for the work, but officials have said in recent months they were quickly approaching that much in spending. No general fund money was to be used.

Then, in February, WellSpan donated $600,000, pushing the total project cost to $5.6 million, but guaranteeing completion of a training center and an upgraded evidence-storage area.

City Council President Carol Hill-Evans said after Tuesday’s meeting that things remain on schedule with the project.

“Everything looks good right now,” she said.

About Tim Stonesifer

Tim Stonesifer is the York city reporter for the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Email him at tstonesifer@ydr.com, call 771-2032 or follow him on Twitter @timstonesifer.
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