Pictured, front row from left, are Lampasas Police Chief Sammy Bailey, Lower Colorado River Authority board members Nancy Yeary and Lori Berger, and LPD Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association volunteer Paul Miceli. Back row: CPAAA Vice President Joe Loosier, CPAAA Secretary Beckie Neville, LCRA Regional Affairs Representative Steve Dyer and Assistant Police Chief Jody Cummings.
Pictured, front row from left, are Lampasas Police Chief Sammy Bailey, Lower Colorado River Authority board members Nancy Yeary and Lori Berger, and LPD Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association volunteer Paul Miceli. Back row: CPAAA Vice President Joe Loosier, CPAAA Secretary Beckie Neville, LCRA Regional Affairs Representative Steve Dyer and Assistant Police Chief Jody Cummings.

Members of the Lampasas Police Department gathered Wednesday to accept a $24,000 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority to replace the station edifice.

The grant was awarded through the Community Development Project Partnership program.

Chief of Police Sammy Bailey said the funds from LCRA will be matched by the police department through inkind labor services.

“We appreciate it very much,” Bailey said of the grant. “We’re excited about this partnership with LCRA. We’re very proud of our building.”

Bailey said the building was redesigned by Assistant Chief Jody Cummings when the police department first took up residence there.

“Our building is holding up well, but the exterior is starting to deteriorate,” she said. “This will give us the opportunity to take care of that.”

Cummings said that in recent years, department funding had to go toward replacing old air-conditioning units rather than the exterior.

“Once this [project] is done, it will look and function like a brand-new building,” he said.

Currently, the siding is deteriorating due to mold, abuse by nesting birds, and general wear and tear, Bailey said.

LCRA Upper Basin Regional Affairs Representative Steve Dyer said the organization also is looking forward to a partnership with the city on this project

“We’re thrilled that you allowed LCRA to be a part of your project,” he said. “They had to compile 91 [applications] just this cycle of very worthy projects. You described in writing … how [the grant] is going to benefit the community.”

Bailey added that the police department refurbishment would be in line with other structural updates occurring in downtown Lampasas, including the recent renovation of the former City Hall building.