A SPLOST project is taking shape in Centerville.
The city's new courthouse is slowly coming together and the police department is getting a new home.
The foundation is set and the walls are starting to take shape to Centerville's new police department. Chief Sidney Andrews welcomes the upgrade.
Over the last couple of years they've had to replace all air conditioning units in their current building.
"If we run too many appliances at the same time, it'll flip breakers in the building, and we literally have to go into the attic to fix the problem," explains Andrews.
City Administrator Patrick Eidson says, "It's time for the building to be replaced it's just been, from a facility maintenance stand point, it's been a nightmare for the city."
"There's going to be a lot of security improvements we're going to have what I would call real jail cells. What we have now is some stuff that's been rigged up not exactly the safest thing to house prisoners, which we only house them temporarily, but we want to be as safe as possible," says Andrews.
Chief Sidney Andrews says they're excited for their new station and grateful to the community for voting for the 2013 special option sales tax, which will fund the new police station. The SPLOST will also help turn the old library into the city's new court building.
"This room right here will actually be our municipal court clerk's office," explains Eidson. It will have two walk up windows, a bathroom and a storage closest.
"This office right here will be for our city marshal." says Eidson.
Just around the corner is the courtroom.
"I'm standing behind the judge's bench. 'Course we'll have a prosecutor and defender table and then we'll have court benches or pews if you will," demonstrates Eidson.
Now they hold court in a community room inside city hall.
The total cost for both buildings is around $2.7 million. Eidson says rain has created a challenge during construction, but their target date for both projects to be completed is next January.