Years of planning, 11 months of building and numerous roadblocks later, the Grayson Police Station is finally open.

The Grayson Police Department celebrated the opening of its new location Friday with City Council, local elected officials, and several members of the community.

All of the invoices are not in yet but City Treasurer Cindy Stratton said the rough total is $518,989. The building is now fully operational.

Chief Ed Ginter said it was something to be proud of and marks the beginning of a new era for the GPD.

“This building was a dream long before I took this office four years ago,” Ginter told the crowd. “I am proud to be the chief here and I am very proud of these officers who put their lives on the line every day for your freedom and safety. We want to be part of the community and of your extended family. If you need us, call. If you don't, still say hello.”

Mayor George Steele thanked all in attendance for their faith in the City Council and the police for their service to the community.

Council approved tentative plans for the building in December of 2010. Packs, Inc. of Morehead managed the project.

“Keith Pack went above and beyond the contract on this project,” Steele said. “He and Chief Ginter worked very closely to make sure this police station was the best it could possibly be.”

Ground was broken in September 2011. The building was completed Friday.

With most of the building ready in April, the project hit a snag that delayed the opening by four months.

While the parking area was being prepared for paving, workers discovered two 1,000-gallon gas tanks under the ground near what would be the station’s sallyport.

Extensive EPA testing was followed by the removal of the tanks and eventual filling of the holes.

More than 100 persons attended Friday's opening.

The new Grayson Police Station is located at the corner of Third Street and Robert and Mary Avenue.

Leeann Akers can be reached at lakers@journal-times.com or by phone at 474-5101.

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