By Matilyn Ozment
Williamston Post staff writer
The process of selling the current Williamston Police Department building is nearing its final stages.
The Economic Development Corporation, who is leasing to the city of Williamston, owns the building and is in the process of selling it.
According to City Manager Alan Dolley, the building is selling for $500,000. The proceeds will be split between the EDC and the city. About $100,000 will be used to pay off the current mortgage, $88,000 will go to the EDC and the remaining amount will be used for the new police station.
Dolley said that the city is hoping to put an addition on to city hall so the department will be inside the city. The city will need to come up with the difference of its portion of the proceeds and what it will cost to build the addition for the Police Department.
If the sale goes through, the new owners will provide jobs to the community, and the building will return to the tax roll, according to Dolley.
“I think the police department belongs in city hall,” said current president of the chamber Teresa Wood,“they are just too far out of what’s going on all the time.”
Because this issue has not been presented to the board, Wood said her opinion on the new building is based off her role as a Williamston business and building owner.
Dolley predicts the sale will be finalized in about 90 days, but the city must first approve the changes being made to the EDC’s development plan.
A public hearing will be held on February 25th at 7 p.m. in the council chambers room connected to City Hall.