Elizabethton City Council to consider bond issue for police station expansion, T.A. Dugger Jr. High improvements

John Thompson • Feb 11, 2020 at 9:05 PM

ELIZABETHTON — After years of discussions and planning, the city of Elizabethton is preparing to start work on enlarging, consolidating and renovating its police building by issuing bonds to cover the financing.

The city is also proposing to improve and renovate T.A. Dugger Junior High School with the bond issue to help bring the two-story building into compliance with federal disability access laws.

The principal on the bonds is not to exceed $4.4 million with the interest not to exceed 6 percent. A resolution to be considered by the Elizabethton City Council allows for some of the money to be used on similar capital projects of the city and school system.

The police station plans call for the station to be modernized and unproved,

The city has already bought two parcels of property, one on each side of the current police station in order to expand.

On the west side of the police station, the city has purchased the former Ritchie’s Warehouse, a two-story structure that will house the Investigations Division and provide a secure storage area for property and evidence.

Much of the Investigations Division staff and property will be moved over from the present location two blocks north of the police station, in the basement of the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library.

On the east side of the station, the city has already purchased the building that formerly housed the dental clinic of Dr. George Zorawski.

The T.A. Dugger project received support after the City Council and the Elizabethton Board of Education held a joint workshop in January. Mayor Curt Alexander said the workshop was very productive.

“We had a good talk and there is a need,” Alexander said after the January workshop. He said the main project would be the replacement of the old roof on the entire building. He said other projects would bring the school into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Alexander said he thought the council will move quickly on the projects, approving them at Thursday’s council meeting. He said that would save the city money, because the council is ready to go on the police department project.

“If we do both the police department project and the T.A. Dugger project on the same bond issue, that would save the city one set of fees and costs for one bond issue,” Alexander said.

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