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Lathrop opts for new police station on River Islands

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POSTED December 12, 2017 1:07 a.m.

River Islands will soon be the new home of Lathrop Police Services.
In a 3-2 vote – with Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal and Councilwoman Martha Salcedo dissenting – the Lathrop City Council voted Monday night to allow the development to build the city a new police station that’s more centrally located to where the bulk of Lathrop’s growth will be focused over the course of the next decade.
Dhaliwal, who called for a motion to continue the discussion until after the first of the year so that the council could have more information on the option involving the developer-led project, said he voted against the move because his motion died from the lack of a second and he had more questions he wanted answered.
The council had several options before them, from expanding the current facility on 7th Street to building a new facility across the street from City Hall, but opted for the River Islands decision – the one that will end up costing the taxpayers nothing.
The vacant lot across from City Hall alone would have ended up costing the city more than $2 million before any planning or construction costs were figured in, and the options for renovating the existing facility – which has currently outgrown Lathrop Police Services, would have also cost vital general fund or Measure C money that also pays for the police officers that will staff the new station.
An option to build the police station in the Mossdale area was also presented, but with development in that wider region not expected for several years, River Islands seemed like the best location – with almost 12,000 homes, more than currently exist in the city, already planned and approved.
Lathrop city staff will now begin negotiations with the developer on the specifics for the project, which will be located near the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District’s newest firehouse – being constructed just off of the Bradshaw’s Crossing bridge inside of the development.
Monday’s decision, which required a special meeting of the Lathrop City Council to decide, came after the matter was continued from a previous meeting after a decision couldn’t be reached and the council decided that additional information was needed on the prospective sites, and the opinion of the public.
A workshop to gauge public interest was scheduled to gather input from residents as to what they would like to see in the community, and which model best fit their needs.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.

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