Erin McCullough


The City of Tullahoma has received the final deed for the property on which the city’s new police station will be built, according to Michael Giffin, who stood in for City Attorney Steve Worsham at Monday’s meeting of the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

According to Giffin, the deed was the final piece of paperwork needed in order for work to begin on the design phase of the new police station, meaning the Crossville-based Upland Design Group can begin preparing schematics for the station.

Tullahoma Police Chief Paul Blackwell said he was excited to see the design work begin on the project, as this new facility is much-needed for his department.

The land upon which the facility will be built was donated to the city by Dan and Fran Marcum, who said they were happy to help improve the city. The parcel is made up of .7 acres.

The donation was split in two, according to City Administrator Jody Baltz, with approximately half of the land donated in December and the last half of the donation finalized this month.

The total cost for the new police station is estimated at $3.2 million. At the Dec. 11 meeting of the city board, unanimous approval was given to amend the budget for the 2017/2018 fiscal year in order to compensate for the $3,250,000 price tag of the facility, which includes the engineering, construction and “project contingency.”

Total engineering costs are estimated at $238,875; $2,848,625 is set aside for construction; and a “project contingency” cushion of $162,000 is also included in the price.

Costs for the project have been let through a Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund loan, which was approved by the board in October.

While things are still in the early stages, Blackwell said he expected representatives from UDG to be in town Friday in order to go over potential design ideas.

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