Commission takes second and final vote on sale of North Park. Motion passes 5-0.
Now onto the presentation on the new municipal cops and courts building
Assistant City Manager Chuck Winn presenting plans of
what is being called the Rouse Justice Center to the commission
First topic - why isn't the city partnering with the county for a joint justice facility?
Winn on Rouse Ave. location: “We’re going to turn that into kind of a gem of the city."
Bozeman Chief of Police Ron Price now speaking
Now City Attorney Greg Sullivan is talking about needs for the his office
Sullivan: “Prosecutors spend about 5 hours a week traveling between city hall and the law and justice center.”
Municipal Judge Karl Seel now speaking on behalf of new justice center
The idea and message here is clear that we need more space and we need a more secure area”
Seel: "So we are asking you for help."
Presentation complete. Breaking until 6:30 p.m.
Meeting is back in session. Commissioners now asking questions of presenters.
Winn: If commissioners give city staff direction tonight on mill levy and bond questions, they will bring back the actual language next week
General obligation bonds of $23.8 million could have an annual cost of $72 per year for a
typical residential property
Deputy Mayor Carson Taylor: Would we consider something like night court if needed?
“I only know about night court because it was a TV show.”
So far, Commissioners Pomeroy, Mehl and Andrus support plan for new city police and courts facility
Deputy Mayor Taylor:
“We have a top notch police force that works under the worst conditions”
Commission supports new Rouse Justice Center proposal unanimously.