Johnston City to build bigger space for joint city hall, police station


Johnston City to build bigger space for joint city hall, police station
  1. Johnston City to build bigger space for joint city hall, police station
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    JOHNSTON CITY - About two years ago, the Johnston City Police Department was forced to temporarily move out of a building that was falling apart into city hall. Now the mayor and police chief agree they've sat on the temporary solution long…
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JOHNSTON CITY - About two years ago, the Johnston City Police Department was forced to temporarily move out of a building that was falling apart into city hall. Now the mayor and police chief agree they've sat on the temporary solution long enough.

The property next to Cynthia and Steven Freeland's home in Johnston City could soon be transformed into a joint city hall and police station. 

"It seems like we’re being surrounded here a little bit, but I wish the best for the city," Freeland said. 

Tuesday night at the Johnston City city council meeting, Mayor Jim Mitchell and other city leaders formed a committee to decide where their new building will go. 

"We’ve got it down to two options basically, one is to build a new building down here on 5th Street. The other is to continue with a remodeling project on this building here," Mitchell said. 

Johnston City Police Chief William Stark said the department's temporary move into city hall two years ago has gone on too long. They're conducting all business in a small room that the mayor called a "glorified closet."

"Currently, we can’t accept too many people at one time. The police department’s not that secure, as in people coming in, meeting with us, us being able to separate suspects," Stark said. 

Mayor Mitchell said although the city was in a financial crisis five years ago, citizens should know the city is doing really…

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