Plans for a new home for the Wellington police department are in their early stages, according to village officials.
A new station could involve expansion at town hall, the auxiliary police building, or the former Elyria Savings and Trust site next to Fifth Third Bank on Rt. 58, according to mayor Hans Schneider.
“It’s all just conversation right now. No direction or real plans have been formulated yet,” he said. “We just wanted to start the discussion.”
Police chief Tim Barfield said the small confines of the current police station at town hall have been an inconvenience for a long time.
“We have a federal agent coming in this week to use our interview room. We had policemen from Jackson Township drive up to do an interview up here. Our interview room is also our locker room and our report room,” he said. “We just need more.”
“We recently came across a memo from the Wellington police chief dated 2000 that was asking for more space,” the chief said. “There have been no expansions since then. It’s very hard to interview anyone here. We actually had to take someone to the library the other day for an interview. Others were being interviewed at the station and we didn’t have enough room.”
Village council member Guy Wells said the current police station is only a slight expansion of what was there in 1885.
Barfield said the Elyria Savings and Trust building would be the most suitable location for a new station.
“I have a preference of the EST building over the auxiliary building because it has the most room. The discussion came up shortly after I came here as chief. I wasn’t ready to make any kind of decision about that when I was brand new. Certainly over the past year and a half we’ve realized that what we have isn’t sufficient to conduct business.”
Engineers will evaluate the proposed sites this month, creating a report for village council by late July to early August.
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Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Chief Tim Barfield says space at the current Wellington police station is insufficient to do business. A report evaluating newly proposed sites is due to go before village council in late July to early August.