Smyrna Town Council Approves Police Station Upgrades
SMYRNA, Del.- The Smyrna police station is cluttered: every corner of the outdated building is filled with uniforms, radar guns and radios.
Earlier this year, the town narrowly voted down a referendum to expand and improve the building.But Smyrna Police Chief Wilbert Bordley said the town council is now moving forward with expansion plans.
"Everyone who comes to our building and walks through it and looks at it, they all realize that we do need a police building," he said.
The failed referendum included a tax increase to pay for the renovation and now the town is pursuing a low-interest loan from the government to help with the costs.
Many people say the town should not move forward if the people voted against the project.
"I think they should do the will of the people, is what I think," said Ed Dunca, Smyrna. "If the people don't want it, then it shouldn't be."
The improved station would include separate jail cells for juveniles and adults, and make improvements to the buildings technology.
Residents like Tim Barrett said a better police station is worth a tax increase.
"If we don't have that tax increase, people are still going to complain because it hasn't been renovated and people are still going to complain about it," he said.
Construction on the new police station is expect to begin in 2013.