City of Columbus Hopes to Build New Police Station Where Proposed Library Was Set to Go

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated the bond issue vote in May would raise sales taxes if approved. Instead, an approval would use revenue from a past bond issue.

COLUMBUS, Neb. – The city of Columbus is moving ahead with plans to build a new police station in the same spot they were originally planning to place a new library.

The city will soon present its plan to build the police station on 14th St. between 23rd and 24th Ave, the site where Gene Steffy Ford was housed before they moved out of downtown.

The land is already owned by the city, as they planned to build a new library/cultural arts center in that location, before the voters nixed the bond issue last year.

Members of both the Columbus Public Library Board of Trustees and Columbus Public Library Foundation signed off on the plan, with hopes that the city will find another downtown location for an improved library.

The police station will be in tandem with a new fire station, which is being planned just off Howard Blvd., between 46th and 47th Ave, east of Cubbies gas station.

The city would also renovate and staff the currently unmanned Charlie Louis station, to assist with emergency calls on the east side of town.

A bond issue is planned to come before the voters in May, that would use $16 million of funds raised from a past bond issue to fund the the fire and police station project

The presentation will be made at the Committee of the Whole meeting Monday evening.

Click here to View the Presentation On the Proposed Fire Station and Police Station From the City of Columbus

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated the bond issue vote in May would raise sales taxes if approved. Instead, an approval would use revenue from a past bond issue.

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