DANVILLE — A possible new home for the Danville Police Department and security cameras at the water and wastewater treatment plant were discussed by the Danville Village Council during a meeting Monday.
Police Chief Dan Weckesser presented a preliminary drawing of a new building that is being discussed for the police department. The proposed 80-by-40-foot building would be built on village property at the back of the municipal building. The proposal included a garage to house the DPD’s cruisers and other equipment, as well as office space, an interrogation room and an evidence room. The village has been looking for a new home for the police department, which has outgrown its space at the municipal building.
Mayor Bob Dile said they have been looking at grants and other funding possibilities for the project.
“First, we need to know what we want; second, how much it will cost to build; and third, how we will fund the building and its operation,” Dile said.
Weckesser had put together ideas of his current and future space needs, hoping to be able to create a building that will last for 50-plus years for the officers. Weckesser also brought quotes from Vector Security for cameras and other needs for the village to be able to monitor the new wastewater treatment plant, as well as the water plant. Vector gave a quote of $1,450 for each facility, and also said the village would need Internet capabilities at the sites so that officers could check the cameras for illegal activity. Dile said they should check into covering the water treatment plant first, then see if it is fiscally possible to cover the wastewater facility.
In other news:
•Dile reported he talked with Martin McAvoy of the Knox Area Transit about a possible location for a drop-off for a shuttle that would run from the village to Mount Vernon. Locations discussed by council included the village park parking lot, near the school, near St. Luke Catholic Church parking lot and near Interchurch.
•The village’s Christmas lights are going to be rerouted this year. The lights are usually plugged in through an electric box near the fire station, but this year will be moved to a box near the school. The Christmas lights at the park will be put up the weekend prior to Thanksgiving and residents are asked to volunteer.
•Councilman Darin Durbin reported he talked with Randy Canterbury of the DKMM Solid Waste District about the recycling bins at the Hometown Market. The bins are picked up twice a week, but Durbin was concerned with residents leaving non-recyclable items in the bins and their possible overflow. He reminded residents that the bins only accept certain items, which can be found on the DKMM website.
•Environmental Management Specialists, out of Dayton, completed the clean up of the council room recently after a spill involving possible drugs. The room council uses is also used by the Danville Police Department as an evidence room and was possibly contaminated after Lt. Mark Perkins had a reaction to alleged drugs that were spilled a few weeks ago. The room was closed from any use until the specialists were able to clean it up Oct. 2. The cost for the clean up is approximately $2,600.
•The next planning commission meeting will be Monday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m.
•Council went into executive session to discuss personnel. No action was taken. The next council meeting will be Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m.