WATERVILLE — City councilors on Tuesday are scheduled to vote on whether to build a new police station at Colby Circle.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at The Center and will be preceded by an executive session at 6:30 p.m. to discuss real estate negotiations related to purchasing land for a station.

The pursuit to find a police station site has been long and convoluted, with councilors voting in February to build at Head of Falls and then changing course following recent public outcry against building on the waterfront.

Councilors most recently discussed the possibility of buying land from the American Legion on College Avenue for a police station or choosing one of two available sites at Colby Circle.

City Manager Michael Roy said Saturday that the Head of Falls site is still on the table. The city also may consider buying part of the American Legion’s parking lot to build a station.

“I think it’s a very remote possibility, but we haven’t ruled that out completely,” Roy said.

Roy said it appears that, if the city were to build on that parking lot, there would not be adequate parking space there for both the police station and existing legion building. The legion’s property has access from both College Avenue and Front Street.

Tuesday’s agenda includes a resolution asking if councilors will vote to buy land at Colby Circle for a police station.

Roy said that 1.2-acre parcel is between the U.S. Social Security Administration building and Waterville District Court, and is owned by Hight Partners.

If councilors choose to buy the land and build there, the vote they took in February to build at the city-owned Head of Falls site would be nullified, according to Roy.

He said if the Colby Circle site is chosen, councilors at a future meeting would have to establish a budget for buying the land and building a new police station.

Estimates for building a station at Head of Falls were between $3.2 million and $3.4 million, but Roy said during discussions about that site that a true amount would not be known until the city solicits bids on the project from contractors.

In other matters Tuesday, councilors will consider buying 62 acres next to Robert LaFleur Municipal Airport for up to $247,500. That money would come from the city’s undesignated fund balance. Councilors took one vote July 17 to buy the property and may take one or two votes Tuesday to finalize the order.

Councilors will consider fronting to Friends of Quarry Road up to $100,000 for materials to build a maintenance building at Quarry Road Recreation Area. The money would be paid back within two years, according to the order.

Councilors must take three votes on the request, and may take one or two votes Tuesday. The 50-by-60-foot maintenance building would house equipment for maintaining trails and making snow. Mid-Maine Technical Center students would help build it, according to Parks and Recreation Director Matt Skehan.

The council also will consider:

* Spending up to $60,000 in additional money for final repairs to the Two-Cent Bridge.

* Taking final votes to revise the city’s personnel policy manual.

* Granting a food license to Evelyn Westman, doing business as Bread Crumbs Deli and Pizza Shop, at 72 Armory Road.

* Authorizing food and liquor licenses to Muchenz L’M, doing business as Mirakuya Inc., at 150 Kennedy Memorial Drive.

* Accepting $3,000 from a private donor to help fund the Sustain Mid-Maine coordinator’s part-time position.


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