Federal loan to help Brimfield renovate police station

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Federal loan to help Brimfield renovate police station

Akron Beacon Journal – A $1.6 million federal loan will help Brimfield Township renovate and expand its police station.

The existing building was once used as a body shop, Sgt. Dave Knarr said Wednesday.

“We’re going to use as much of the old building as we can, but we’re going to gut it and put on an addition,” Knarr said.

The money comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency, which operates a Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan program aimed at helping rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population.

“Ohio communities rely on strong Ohio police officers equipped with the tools needed to do their jobs and keep the public safe,” U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said in a prepared statement announcing the loan.

The police station is also getting solar panels, paid for entirely by the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council.

Township Trustee Mike Kostensky said construction probably will begin next spring.

The loan will be repaid through the department’s current budget, Kostensky said.

“We’re not asking taxpayers for more money,” he said.

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