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Winston police headquarters construction bid approved

October 7, 2017

The Winston Urban Renewal Agency approved a bid Thursday to remodel a vacant building into a new police station.

The agency unanimously authorized the city manager to enter into a $369,952 contract with Renco General Contractors LLC, of Roseburg, to remodel a vacant building into a new police building. Renco submitted the lowest bid on the project, with two other companies bidding on the job, according to the city. The bid was above cost estimates of $321,096.

The agency also authorized a $12,879 contract with First Response Restoration Services, which has an office in Roseburg, to remove asbestos from the building. The city recommended First Response’s bid because it included removal of plumbing fixtures not included in another bid that was several hundred dollars lower.

Winston City Council still has to approve additional funding of $47,952 from the city’s general fund that is allocated for contingencies to add to $322,000 in agency funds already budgeted for construction, plus an additional $51,000 in police department equipment for the new station.

The project will remodel a vacant building on 131 N.W. Rose St. into a new police department facility. The building sits in the city’s Urban Renewal district and has not been used for several years.

“It’s an existing derelict building that’s been sitting empty, that’s been vacant for several years. It’s included in the URA district for that reason,” City Manager Mark Bauer said.

According to the city, the remodel will create a more workable space for the Police Department, located in City Hall, and also create more office and storage space. A billing office will be moved into City Hall once the police department moves, allowing the city’s offices to be housed in one location for convenience.

“We’re really excited to make this move. It’s been in the works for a number of years so we’re excited to see this come to fruition,” Police Chief Scott Gugel said.

Bauer said construction should start in three to four weeks, after the asbestos is removed.