| By Jason C. Mattox
A new police station could be built in Sardis if the city receives a grant for which it has applied, according to Mayor Alvis "Rusty" Dye.
Dye said the city is very optimistic that it will receive a $150,000 grant to pay for construction of the new PD.
Dye admitted the $150,000 grant the city is hoping for might not complete the project, but it would more than get it started.
"That money could get the building up and more," he said. "We will probably use city workers to complete the inside of the building.
"One thing we have to keep in mind is that we don’t have to move next week," he said. "If it is going to take us some time to get the building completed, we can keep the PD where it is until the new one is ready."
Police Chief Mike Davis said the building would be approximately 3,000 square feet, more than double the space in the existing building.
The new facility means the PD will move from its location behind City Hall and the First Baptist Church, and out to property near the city limits on Highway 315 East.
"The new PD will be out there with the city shop," Davis said. "That location will allow us to grow if we need additional space in the future."
Dye said the city expects to hear about its grant application soon.
"We feel confident we will receive the funds," he said. "We hope to find out in the next few weeks."