MT. VERNON – The Mt. Vernon City Council approved an agreement with Holland Construction Services to oversee the building of a new police station, marking a major step in moving the project forward.
The agreement shows that the city will pay Holland a flat fee of $50,000 for pre-construction services.
Mt. Vernon Mayor John Lewis cited problems with efficiency and security at the current building that the Mt. Vernon Police Department (MVPD) moved into in 1979.
After the bids during construction are awarded, a fee of 5.5% of the total construction cost will be paid to Holland. The initial estimates on construction costs were around $7 million. The contract length with Holland also runs for 24-months, putting an estimated completion date in late 2022 or January 2023.
Officials said the project will be funded out of the city’s budget and there are bond proceeds from the city’s last bond issuance that can be used for construction.