New Lathrop Po­lice sta­tion could be built on River Is­lands

Ripon Bulletin - - Front Page - By JA­SON CAMP­BELL

It’s al­most a cer­tainty that the new Lathrop Po­lice Depart­ment is go­ing to be built west of the I-5 cor­ri­dor.

But ex­actly where is still some­thing that the Lathrop City Coun­cil will have to de­cide in the com­ing months as they plan for mas­sive growth that will more dou­ble the size of the cur­rent pop­u­la­tion once its com­pleted.

And they are ask­ing for the pub­lic’s help

in de­ter­min­ing what their next move should be.

On Mon­day, the coun­cil voted to al­low city staff to be­gin ne­go­ti­at­ing with River Is­lands over the pos­si­ble place­ment of the city’s po­lice sta­tion just on the other side of the re­cently-opened Bradshaw’s Cross­ing bridge – which con­nects River Is­lands to the Moss­dale Cross­ing neigh­bor­hood and the ar­te­rial streets that run through the city’s older, east­ern sec­tions.

The move is in no way de­fin­i­tive – the coun­cil will be hold­ing a study ses­sion with the pub­lic be­fore the end of the year to gauge pub­lic per­cep­tion and gather in­put into what would work best for the res­i­dent of the com­mu­nity – but ad­vised staff to be­gin ne­go­ti­a­tions after pre­sented with three op­tions Mon­day dur­ing the con­tin­u­a­tion of a lengthy agenda item from a pre­vi­ous meet­ing.

Those op­tions in­cluded the River Is­lands lo­ca­tion, the Cen­tral Lathrop area near Lathrop High School and the Lathrop Gen­er­a­tions Cen­ter, and an avail­able par­cel of land across the street from Lathrop City Hall in the Moss­dale Cross­ing neigh­bor­hood.

River Is­lands – which will sin­gle­hand­edly more than dou­ble the city’s cur­rent pop­u­la­tion on its own once it’s fully built-out – has of­fered to shoul­der the cost of the po­lice sta­tion land and con­struc­tion in ex­change for re­duced per­mit­ting fees as the de­vel­op­ment builds out. Con­struc­tion in Cen­tral Lathrop isn’t ex­pected to be­gin in the near fu­ture. The City Hall op­tion would re­quire the city to pur­chase a 2.6-acre par­cel of land for $1.85 mil­lion and is­sue bonds backed by the gen­eral fund as col­lat­eral in or­der to do so.

“We’re not nec­es­sar­ily think­ing about where de­vel­op­ment is go­ing, but there is de­vel­op­ment go­ing,” Mayor Sonny Dhali­wal said about the fu­ture lo­ca­tion of the po­lice depart­ment build­ing. “There’s a say­ing that if you start plan­ning for 10 years from now you’re al­ready be­hind – we want to be proac­tive and make sure that we’re meet­ing the needs of the com­mu­nity and our po­lice for when we reach that point.

“I think hav­ing a fully state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity for our first re­spon­ders that’s con­structed with­out any risk to the city is a good thing, but we need to gather in­put from the com­mu­nity and hear what they want and ex­plain fully to the res­i­dents what the pros and cons are of each of these op­tions.”

Ac­cord­ing to City Man­ager Steve Sal­va­tore, in­for­ma­tion will be mailed to res­i­dents to let them know when and where the study ses­sion will be held to al­low for the pub­lic to voice their in­put be­fore staff makes a for­mal rec­om­men­da­tion to coun­cil for their ap­proval.

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