ASHLAND, Ore. — The lease is up at the end of the month for the small police station at the Ashland Plaza.
In the five years since the station was first put in place, both Ashland Police and local businesses say the presence alone has made a big impact in the surrounding area. The station is typically staffed by either clerks or volunteers and service as a contact point for the Ashland community and a place for officers to write reports.
Ashland Police say the station has reduced response times and is also very useful during large events like the Fourth of July parade. Businesses around the plaza say they have noticed a decrease in vandalism in the years since the station opened and are glad it is in such a visible location.
“I have occasionally had the need to run over there and quickly talk to the police about something that has gone on don here in the plaza, and it’s nice to have them just right next door so we can take quick action,” said Ron Hansen at Gold & Gems.
Ashland Police Chief Terry Holderness says he expects city council to renew the lease for another five years during Tuesday night’s city council meeting. The station has been budgeted in despite rent nearly doubling. The rent for the two hundred and seventy square foot building will be set at $685 per month.