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Nitro Police Department still hoping for new home

NITRO, W.Va. -- Nitro Police Chief Brian Oxley hasn't given up on finding a new home for the city's police department.

"We've been hoping for several years to get something," he said.

The police department is housed in cramped quarters at the Nitro Community Center, across the street from City Hall. Nitro Mayor Dave Casebolt said the city pays about $30,000 a year in rent for the space.

The city also rents space in the community center for the senior center and Nitro City Council.

In 2011, city officials considered completely moving City Hall from its current location, which was built in the 1950s, but the idea didn't go anywhere. Among possible new locations for City Hall were the Nitro Moose lodge or property at Crown Pontiac.

Lately, city officials have been talking about whether or not it's a good idea to move the police department into more spacious quarters.

"It's a sensible business decision," Casebolt said. "If you build a station, it's an investment, and if you can build it for less than you're renting it's just a good business decision.

"We're weighing any option," he said. "Maybe the best option is to stay where they are."

Oxley said police are hoping to either find or build a facility with at least 4,000 square feet of space. "We want to get someplace that's a little bigger and more modern," he said.

Casebolt said the city owns property near the public works department where a new building might be built, and the city owns a donated building that used to house A-1 Carpet. City officials are trying to decide if they can afford to build a new building, or whether they should try to find an existing structure somewhere in town.

"We've looked at several different places around town," Oxley said. "We haven't really found anything that would work yet."Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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