The Cheyenne City Council in a split vote Monday night rejected a proposal to purchase the former Dineen Car Dealership at 18th Street and Pioneer Avenue for a new Public Safety Building to house the Cheyenne Police Department and Fire and Rescue Administration and emergency responders.

The proposed purchase had been controversial because the price offered by the city. $1.986 million dollars was about 20 percent above the appraised value of the property of $1.68 million. The Dineen family, which owns the property, had argued the appraisal was too low because it failed to take a number of factors into account, such as the ability to add new areas of the public safety building onto the existing building structure.

Council members Mark Rinne, Sean Allen, Bryan Cook, Dicky Shanor and Mike Luna all voted against the purchase. Mayor Rick Kaysen says the vote means the city will have to look for another location for the Public Safety Building, which was approved by local voters on last year's sixth-penny sale sales tax ballot.