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McDONOUGH – The city of McDonough will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday, June 1, for a new police precinct in the Blacksville area.

The groundbreaking for the Boots Welch Police Precinct will be held at 10 a.m. at the site, located at 342 Simpson St. in McDonough, next to the Rufus Stewart Basketball Court.

In January, the McDonough City Council approved a bid from J.R. Bowman Construction, worth $722,597.01 for construction of the facility.

The precinct building itself will cost $541,935. That price includes all equipment, labor and materials to build a complete structure, as well as all utilities and improvements associated with the construction.

In August, the City Council voted to bid out the construction of the new precinct, which will also include office space, a community room and secure storage, as well as additional storage, which was something “we don’t have enough of,” according to McDonough City Administrator Keith Dickerson.

It was also suggested in August that the new precinct could also serve as a clinic.

Dickerson said in August that Hands of Hope, an organization tied to Piedmont Hospital, would use the facility for medical assistance for those who may need it. The group helps individuals with medication, dentistry, psychiatry “and a little bit of everything with Medicare,” he said

Dickerson said the organization has a truck for mobile health care, and the facility would be beneficial in the instance of bad weather.

Government Reporter

A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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