UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) – The University City Police Department will have a new headquarters to better serve in the future after the city council voted to Monday build a new department building after the current one was condemned.
The council voted 5-2 in favor of building the new police station, but that seemed to be the unpopular opinion of citizens attending the meeting. Several community members felt as if the report used to make this decision was swayed in the direction of building a new police station.
A report put out by an architectural firm hired by the city estimated it would cost about $12 million to build a new station and $25 million to renovate the current location.
Citizens and city council members raised questions about the report, stating that the numbers don’t add up. The architectural firm said the one of the reasons the cost to renovate is high because of the historic nature of the building. Some individuals who identified themselves as experts in historic building renovation said the numbers in the report are far too high.
Two council members asked to postpone this vote for 60 days to get answers to all the additional questions that were brought up at the meeting. They were outvoted.
Residents also voiced their concerns about a physical altercation that happened last week between Councilman Michael Glickert and a citizen.
During a meeting, Glickert allegedly shoved the citizen, who was trying to put down flyers with information about recalling the mayor. Audience members held up signs asking Glickert to resign.