Designer chosen for city building

Public Safety Capital Construction Committee Chairman Lew Benton, who was vehemently opposed to limiting bonded funds for the facility to $8 million in 2008, supported accepting LaBella's proposal. There was no harm in doing so, he said, as there is no expenditure of funds to do so.

Estimates of a new public safety facility have ranged from $12 million to $17 million, depending on size. A new, Republican-controlled, City Council must approve any expenditures associated with the project after they take office on the first of the year.

Franck has noted that bonding for the project would require a four-fifths approval by the City Council, and, considering the change in dynamic of the council, he said he wasn't sure the vote would go through.""

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