A nearly $3 million expansion to the Tumwater Police Department was awarded to a local bidder during Tuesday night’s council meeting.
The city received 13 bids for the project that was awarded to Jones and Roberts Co. out of Olympia, which submitted a bid of $2,994,500 to add 5,000 square feet to the existing building, doubling it in size.
The project is expected to start this spring, with the bulk of it being complete by the end of the year, said city spokeswoman Heidi Cerniwey.
The Olympia contractor is the same that built Tumwater City Hall off Israel Road in 1987.
The project is funded with money collected from a 2011 public safety levy lift. The city collected an additional $1.44 million in property taxes in 2012 because of the lift.
Those funds paid for three officers, three firefighters, a firetruck and a 5,000-square-foot addition to the Police Department.
The department’s newest officer was sworn in during Tuesday night’s meeting.
Officer Austin Cady, a three-year veteran from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office in Idaho, was brought to the Tumwater Police Department to fill one of three positions paid for through the city’s 2011 public-safety levy-lid lift.Chelsea Krotzer: 360-754-5476 firstname.lastname@example.org theolympian.com/thisjustin @chelseakrotzer