The Harvey County Commission and Newton City Commission agreed to move forward with proposed renovations for the shared Law Enforcement Center.

The agreement was made during a joint city-county meeting on Dec. 20.

There are several projects included in the remodel, such as: a new HVAC system, new front entryway stairs and ADA ramp, new card reader door access locks, new windows, doors, carpet and paint, additional parking and more.

The tentative timeline includes:

- Jan. 4: Architect sends out Requests for Bid
- Jan. 17: Mandatory contractor pre-bid meeting (9 a.m. to noon at LEC)
- Feb. 6: Receive bids at Newton City Hall at 10:30 a.m.
- Feb. 11-12: City and County award bids
- March: Begin construction
- May-June 2020: Complete construction

The Law Enforcement Center will remain open during construction, with some operations temporarily moving as needed to expedite construction time.

The project cost was set at $3,129,500.53. That figure was split proportionally by project areas. The City was assigned $2,121,948.34 of the cost. The County will fund $1,007,552.19.

The Law Enforcement Center houses the Newton Police Department and Harvey County Sheriff's Office, as well as Harvey County Emergency Management and Communications.