McFarland City Council could approve plans for new police building, bonuses for employees

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MCFARLAND, Calif. (KGET) — McFarland could see a new police building, bonuses for city employees and more under a new plan proposed by the city. 

The McFarland City Council is considering approving several recommendations from the city at its meeting on Thursday. Among the proposals are a new police building adjacent to City Hall that would be paid for through a land sale of five acres on Elmo Highway. In addition, the board will consider approval of a retention bonus plan for city employees. 

The city said it also wants to increase industrial development in the Whistler Road area once an annexation of the area is approved by the council.

City officials are also recommending postponing building a new city hall and museum. 

The meeting comes as the city is in the middle of a financial crisis and is struggling to retain enough employees to provide public safety services to residents. The McFarland Police Department currently only has five officers.

Mayor Manuel Cantu has also stated the city is looking to add a $10 million bond measure to the November ballot to help address the city’s financial woes.

Thursday’s council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the council chambers, 103 W. Sherwood Ave. 

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