WESTMINSTER -- The City Council may reach agreement tomorrow night to buy a new police headquarters -- while the proposal's most vocal opponent is out of town.
Mayor W. Benjamin Brown refused to say Friday whether he and William Small, owner of the former Westminster Auto Parts store owner, have reached even a tentative agreement in the talks they have conducted since the council announced its intention to buy the property June 15.
Mr. Brown would say only that he will present to the council "the response of the owner to their declaration of intent" to purchase the property.
The council will meet at 7 p.m. at the Westminster Firemen's Building, 66 E. Main St.
If the council accepts Mr. Small's response tomorrow night, it will be acting without Council President William F. Haifley.
The council president has a vote only in case of a tie, but Mr. Haifley has been vocally opposed to buying the building.
L He is expected to be out of town during the council meeting.
City police are now housed in the basement of the Longwell Municipal Center. Police say the space is cramped and their work has been made more difficult by the noise of basketball games in the first-floor gymnasium.
Tomorrow night's agenda also includes a report on the possible installation of parking meters on the downtown Sherwood parking lot.
The city government is no longer gaining any revenue from the lot, reported Thomas B. Beyard, director of planning and public works.
The city had an income-producing agreement several years ago with Sherwood Square Associates Inc., developers of a commercial building on Main Street and a former distillery that now houses the Department of Social Services.
That agreement called for the developers to pay the city an annual fee based on rented space in exchange for unmetered parking. But the building was sold in May 1991 and the agreement has no standing with the new owners, Mr. Beyard said.