Dallas City Council voted unanimously last week to remove the land from its jurisdiction with the stipulation the Dallas Police Department be able to train at the center free of charge. This will be done as an intergovernmental agreement.
“This is the first time for us [to deannex], and probably the last time,” said Mayor Boyd Austin. “It is one of those anomalies.”
Sheriff’s officials requested the action because the department wanted to operate the facility on land the county controls directly, said sheriff’s spokesman Cpl. Ashley Henson.
The Paulding County Industrial Building Authority plans to sell the site to the county government for construction of the training facility. It is located north of the new Dallas Industrial Park near West Memorial Drive and U.S. Hwy. 278.
The county will pay $235,000 to the authority with funds from the 2012 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax designated for public safety. The property is set to close April 23 to transfer the title to Paulding, said authority executive director Blake Swafford.
The sheriff’s department is moving from its current location in northeast Paulding because it sits atop a former landfill the state is requiring the county to close for environmental remediation.
The new center will include 49 acres compared to four acres at the present site. It will feature a 20-lane pistol firing range, replacing the current 10-lane range; as well as a 400-yard sniper training range, replacing a 200-yard range now used.
Future plans when funds are available include an emergency vehicle operations course, a K-9 agility course, an obstacle course, a rappelling tower and a woodland confidence and running course, Henson said in February.
In other action at last week’s meeting, Dallas City Council voted to annex about 60 acres on the city’s eastern end.
The land is on the west side of Paris Road and north of U.S. Hwy 278, with some of the land at the entrance to Cathie Drive.
“It is highway frontage, so it would be good for commercial or office [space],” Austin said.
The council voted to zone the land C2-General Business District to allow commercial uses ranging from retail to office.
This allows the city to plan for future business growth, though who would purchase the land or what may built there has not been determined, Austin said.