BRANSON, Mo – The Branson Board of Aldermen approves a contract to purchase 5.5-acres of land from Tanstone, LLC for Branson’s new Police Department building. The $950,000 dollar parcel is located at Forsyth Street and Oak Creek Drive. The City is also looking at additional land for a new fire station, Money from the Public Safety sales tax passed in 2017 will fund the projects.
According to a release from the city, the centralized location will allow the Branson Police Department to expand in number. It will also provide a centralized hub for citizens to access Police services, and a new state of the art Emergency Operations Center (EOC) that will double as a community room. As the City of Branson continues to grow, the community room will be regularly used by community partners and police working on sustainable solutions to neighborhood issues.
In addition to approving the purchase of the land, the Board also approved the purchase of new mobile radios for the police and fire departments, new in-car and body cameras for the police department, and two new school resource officers for the Branson Public School District.
Once the land is acquired for the fire station, the City will take requests for proposals for architects to design both the fire and police stations plus and an engineering firm to build the two buildings. City officials would like to break ground on these buildings in 2019. This is all part of the City keeping its promise to the community, when residents passed the safety sales tax, to keep the community a safe place to live, work and play.