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Dodge County Law Enforcement Center
Above is an architect’s rendering of the proposed Joint Law Enforcement Center that would house Fremont Police and County Sheriff’s departments. A bond vote on the Nov. 3 ballot would pay for the building.

Joint Law Enforcement Center bond issue on Nov. 3 ballot

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 10/21/20

On Nov. 3 Dodge County voters will be asked to vote for a bond to build a joint law enforcement center to be shared by the Dodge County Sheriff and the Fremont Police departments.

County voters will vote on a $7.783 million bond to build the sheriff’s portion. Fremont voters will also be voting on a $10.317 million bond for the police portion. This is something the two departments have been working on since 2011.

A meeting was held Oct. 15 at the North Bend Fire Hall with Dodge County Sheriff Steve Hespen and Fremont Chief of Police J.J. Elliott attending.

The sheriff’s and police departments have outgrown their current facilities, they said. The proposed center will improve service and be a tax savings to Dodge County and Fremont tax payers.

Basic requirements such as a K9 facility, locker rooms, evidence storage, parking for public and staff, training room, interview rooms and offices are lacking in present facilities.

The new center will be built on 12-acre site already owned by the city and county at 29th Street and Lincoln Avenue in Fremont. The $18 million cost will be less than it would cost to remodel the 60-year old building used by the police and the building designed as a jail that the sheriff’s department has outgrown. The 42,980 square foot joint center would offer cost reductions in common spaces and flexibility for future growth and possibly a jail. The bond has a 2% interest rate and would be spread over 15 years. For the county residents with property valued at $150,000 that would be an additional $19 per year. Those living inside Fremont would pay an additional $60 for the city’s part of the building.

The 911 Communication Center would be included in the center with the cost shared by both departments.

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