City moves closer to building MFPD

By on Wednesday, August 31st, 2022 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

MILTON-FREEWATER – The Milton-Freewater City Council is set to approve a contract to build the new police headquarters at its meeting on Sept. 12. City Manager Linda Hall said that since the bond passed for the new building, the process has concentrated on the design phase.

“Design takes longer than construction, which, when you think about it, makes sense,” she said. “You want to make sure that when you get to the construction phase, you’re not still trying to figure stuff out.”

Hall applauded the citizens for passing the bond measure to pay for the construction that will move the Milton-Freewater Police Department out of the basement at city hall and into its own state-of-the-art home. She was proud, she said, that it passed overwhelmingly in spite of the turbulent times due to the pandemic and heightened criticism of law enforcement on a national scale.

She said the sale of the bonds went well and there were three bidders for the construction job. The low bidder will be announced at the Sept. 12 meeting. Hall believes construction of the new building, directly to the west of city hall, will begin shortly after the contract is signed.