JACKSON, Mo. (KFVS) - A ribbon cutting and opening ceremony was held for the new Jackson police station.
The public was invited to the event at 202 West Jackson Boulevard at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 17.
“The overwhelming passing of that public safety tax told us just how much the community supports us, appreciate us, and they showed it, they showed it when they passed that tax and it meant everything to us and my people,” said Jackson Police Chief James Humphreys. “From the bottom of my heart, I thank them and I’m proud, proud to serve them and serve them out of this new facility.”
Public tours of the new station were canceled until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The city asked those that have been sick in the past two weeks, to avoid attending the ceremony. They asked that you stay 6-feet or more from others in public, wear masks and wash hands, surfaces and common items regularly.
The public safety project was awarded on January 7, 2019 to Penzel Construction Company, Inc. for $6,500,000. The start date for the project was set for February 4 with a projected completion date of May 28. An occupancy permit was approved on April 20.
According to the city, the final contract amount was $6,499,825.79.
City officials thanked the citizens of Jackson for passing a public safety sales tax in April 2018. The tax enabled the City to add officers to both the police and fire departments, provided for additional equipment and technology and paid for operational costs of the new station and future renovations to the existing police and fire complex to be repurposed by the fire department.
The construction costs of the police station were paid out of the city’s financial reserves.