Crews are expected to start moving dirt this week for Hayden's new police station.
The Planning Commission will take a final look at the plans Thursday, Town Manager Russ Martin said. The building, on the east side of town near the Haven Assisted Living Center, is expected to open in spring.
"Being in that building will hopefully increase the efficiency of our current officers," Martin said.
The 5,500-square-foot building, which sits on about 2.3 acres, will include an evidence room and an intoxilizer room, where police can test people suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. The station won't have a jail.
The Hayden Police Department currently shares space with other departments at Town Hall. The new building will put it into compliance with evidence regulations and will open up office space at Town Hall, Martin said.
Deputy Town Clerk Bonnie Carrico will be the police clerk at the new station, Martin said. She will handle tasks such as records management and research. Carrico will take on the new role early next year, and the town will seek a replacement for her to start in January.
Carrico, who was hired nearly two years ago, already does some work for the Police Department.
"I actually created their criminal history database," she said. "I did that when I first started. I put in over 5,000 criminal history cards that we had in a secure location but had never put into the computer."
Carrico said she would take a couple of courses to earn certification to do police clerk work. The department plans to put in a new records system, and Carrico said she would develop that.
"I'm really looking forward to it," she said. "It's going to be a cool new challenge. There's so much exciting (stuff) to do and learn."
Carrico also said she enjoys working with Police Chief Ray Birch. Martin said the feeling was mutual for Birch, who is serving with the Air Force Reserves in Iraq.
"He's excited," Martin said.
Although the town is losing Carrico in one capacity, Martin said he was happy to give her a chance to do something different.
"The philosophy I have with staff is if there's someone internally interested in a position, I like to give them opportunities to try out that position," he said.
The new Hayden Police Station is expected to cost about $2 million, a total that includes police outfitting, land, planning and design expenses, Martin said. The town plans to pursue a couple of hundred thousand dollars in grants from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, from which it already has received $800,000.
The town is covering the rest through a lease-purchase agreement. Hayden is likely to finance that through the local Mountain Valley Bank, Martin said.
The Police Department will have more than enough space in the new station, he said, and there's plenty of room for expansion.
"When we got the plans the other day, I said, 'I don't think the town will ever need to build a new police station again,'" Martin said.