Sunset Valley facilities may have financing options

Deputy police chief of the Denton Police Department Lenn Carter was appointed last week as the new police chief in Sunset Valley.

Deputy police chief of the Denton Police Department Lenn Carter was appointed last week as the new police chief in Sunset Valley.

Sunset Valley City Council anticipates hearing back from a committee in February on how the city should fund the construction of proposed new police and public works facilities at City Hall that are estimated to cost $6.9 million.


Since November the city’s finance committee has been considering different funding options, City Administrator Clay Collins said.  The committee plans to settle on a recommendation by the end of January to bring before the council in February, he said.


“The committee did recommend to the council that because they see several different options to finance the facility, they didn’t think it was a question of, ‘Could we do it?’ It was a matter of how we wanted to fine-tune the options to put a package together,” Collins said.


The committee is considering a mixture of sales tax revenue, bonds and reserve funds to finance the project, Collins said.


Meanwhile, the city is also negotiating with Wiginton Hooker Jeffry Architects to complete a design study for the project, Collins said. The architects were previously hired to form a feasibility study.


Sunset Valley is considering the construction of permanent buildings for its police and public works departments to replace the portable buildings currently in use. Additional parking is also part of the project.


After the council approves a financing plan, it may then vote to move forward with starting a design study, Collins said.