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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Elkhorn police station dispute heats up

The long-running disagreement over the city of Elkhorn's plans for the downtown government center foamed over again Monday.

This time, the dispute centers on the city's plans for a new police station.

The dust up dates back to negotiations in 2002 over plans to build the Walworth County Judicial Center on Highway NN at the county complex.

Because the courts had to be located within the city limits of the county seat, Elkhorn would have to annex the land for the new courts facility.

Concern that the move would hurt downtown Elkhorn held up an agreement.

After long negotiations, the county agreed to lease the west wing of the downtown facility to the city of Elkhorn for $1 in exchange for a land annexation for the judicial center.

The plan was to move the police department into the vacated Sheriff's Department spaces in the building.

However, not everyone was convinced the downtown Elkhorn location was the best place for the police department.

At a meeting Monday to discuss plans for the station, an argument over the cost of the project spilled into the hallway, and police chief Joel Christensen stepped in after angry residents confronted the city's architect.

Ted Sullivan's story on Monday's meeting is HERE.

A background story on the police station plans is HERE.


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