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Gardner voters approved funding for new justice center

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The city police department's current headquarters has been around for about 60 years and has barely enough space for the dozens of employees who work there. (Kelli Taylor/KCTV5 News) The city police department's current headquarters has been around for about 60 years and has barely enough space for the dozens of employees who work there. (Kelli Taylor/KCTV5 News)
GARDNER, KS (KCTV) -

Gardner voters approved funding for a new justice center. The new facility is expected to house police and municipal courts. 

The city police department's current headquarters has been around for about 60 years and has barely enough space for the dozens of employees who work there. 

A new justice center is crucial for the city that has grown to more than 20,000 people in just a few short years. 

Voters approved a new justice center on Tuesday that will sit on about six acres of land at Moonlight and 167th Street. Municipal courts and the Gardner Police Department will work at the facility. 

Sgt. Steven Benz says they need the space. 

"Growing pains have been with us for well over a decade, and there's a lot of needs here that we were going to deal with and getting the new justice center takes care of that for us," he said.

Both Benz and Mayor Chris Morrow are thankful to the community for passing funding allowing the justice center project to move forward. 

"Citizens in Gardner have, for a long time, enjoyed a reputation of living in a very safe and peaceful community, and I think that this commitment that they showed is going to pay dividends on that front for many years to come," Morrow said.

Benz says there could be a possibility in the future that other city departments could move to the justice center. The mayor says the city owns about 16 acres at the site of the location. 

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