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Oswego Taking Step Toward New Police Station

Jul 22, 2015 09:09PM ● By Steven Jack

The current Oswego Police station was built in 1991. (Photo courtesy village of Oswego Tourism Department Flickr)

Seven years after taking the first step toward a new police station in Oswego, the village is finally taking the next step.

Village Trustees Tuesday night gave the go-ahead to Police Chief Jeff Burgner to begin the process of hiring a consultant to help the department with an updated space needs analysis, site location reviews and determining a final projected cost. The village conducted its latest police station space needs analysis for a new station in 2008.

“We need to know what’s changed and what’s stayed the same as far as what we need,” Burgner said. “We also need to know how much this will cost. It’s been a long time since we’ve thought about those figures and certainly things have changed since then.”

Initial estimates for a new station have hovered around $30 million. Trustees recently passed a .75 percent sales tax increase that takes effect Jan. 1 meant to help pay for some of the costs of a new station. To pay for such a large project, the village also will likely sell capitol improvement bonds.

Village officials have said the police department has outgrown the current station built in 1991 to last 20 years. The station’s capacity is 50 employees, and currently the department accommodates 69 full- and part-time officers and civilian workers. 

As for location, Burgner said the village has studied two other locations, but is still very much interested in a parcel of land east of the main Oswego Fire Protection District station on Woolley Road. The land is owned by Atlanta-based firm Turnstone Group which announced recently its intention to develop a new 488-acre subdivision adjacent to the Fire Station.

An agreement with the property’s previous owner, Naperville-based Oliver-Hoffmann Corp, included plans for an “institutional building” adjacent to the Fire Station. Carrie Hansen, the village’s interim administrator, said the village has not yet discussed obtaining the land from Turnstone.

Burgner said he hopes to have a firm in place to update the space needs, location and cost analysis within the next weeks. He estimated that work to cost $20,000 to $30,000. From there, he said it could be another eight weeks before those studies are complete. 

If an eventual green light is given to a new station, Burgner estimated a completion time of three years from start to finish.