Renovations have commenced at the Howe Police Department after the City Council approved, during its December meeting, funding for the construction project which will update the aging facility.

Renovations have commenced at the Howe Police Department after the City Council approved, during its December meeting, funding for the construction project which will update the aging facility.


The Council approved a budget of $18,000 for the entire project, which will be paid through the city’s general fund, said Jeff Stanley, mayor of Howe. The money was raised through surface water sales to the city of Melissa, which funded the entire project.


With the renovations, the police plan to add two extra offices to the building, said Police Chief Carl Hudman. In addition to offices, the renovations include reinforcing doors, increasing lobby space, and increasing security throughout the facility.


These modifications are modest compared to what many larger police departments ask for when renovating, said Hudman.


A major focus of the project is increased security around the department’s records. Not only will this protect the records, but it will allow citizens to enter the department when needed, said Hudman. Additional security reinforcement will take place in employee areas and break areas.


"It will provide a more secure work environment for our employees," said Hudman.


The renovations, which started on Saturday, are expected to take a month to complete, but Hudman hopes that they can be completed in about three weeks. During the construction, there will be no changes in police service, said Hudman.