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Public safety building: Architects, present options

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Kuhl & Fresnock, told the Nevada City Council during their Nov. 20 meeting that he had identified what the police and fire departments and the municipal court need in a new facility and had brought the council four options for the new public safety facility.

"We have created a profile of the space needs of each department," Kuhl said.

He told the council there a number of things to consider when looking at space needs.

"When you look at space for the fire department apparatus, each bay includes all the space required for that piece of equipment, including storage, which increases the space requirements," he told the council.

For example, a separation between the firefighters' living quarters and the administration, which is not the case today, is needed, he noted.

"It is very important for them, in their off-hours, to have an area where they can relax and have private space to themselves," he said.

And now there are female firefighters to consider, he said.

They also need space for both tactical and classroom training.

He told the council they have determined that the fire department will need about 7,554 square feet, which includes three, double deep equipment bays.

The police department and the municipal court will require a total of 9,839 square feet, without a dispatch center or holding cells, he said.

The total cost will be about $4.1 million, he told the council.

Option one would relocate the municipal court into a part of the city's maintenance facility behind the city hall and build a new facility for the police department on the southeast corner of the current lot, farther back from the intersection. The fire department would be moved to its own facility on the property the city purchased in 2010, on the north side of Cherry Street.

Option two would leave the property on the north side of Cherry Street undeveloped and build a new facility for the police department and the municipal court. The fire department would have apparatus bays built west of the city hall and would use part of the city hall building for living quarters and administration.

Option three would move the fire department to the north side of Cherry Street and build a police department facility adjacent to the city hall. The existing two-story building on the property would be demolished; and the new configuration would allow the fire trucks to be pulled through the bays instead backing them into the structure. Fire trucks would exit the department onto Adams and go to either Austin or Walnut.

Option four would incorporate parts of option one and two. It would place the police department and the municipal court in a new building on the southeast part of the current lot and build apparatus bays for the fire department west of the city hall and use part of that building for living quarters and administration.

During a budget work session Monday, Fire Chief William Thornton told the council that firefighters prefer option three, with a separate facility on the north side of Cherry Street and said parking would need to be removed from Adams for a two- block area to keep access to the fire department open.

Thornton said this would give the department room for training and annual hose inspection without using the city hall parking lot.

Cherry Street is not wide enough and traffic on Ash Street cannot see a fire truck at the intersection, Thornton said.

Councilmember Jayne Novak said she would like to find out if the current two-story structure can be economically renovated to be used for the fire department.

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Why would the city even consider building a new police department without holding cells? At present we are paying thousands of dollars each year to the county for housing our prisoners.

-- Posted by resident65 on Tue, Nov 27, 2012, at 6:19 PM

First of all how much did you pay these guys to outline this. I want my cut, since this was all posted here by me for free a year ago (yes this is my I told you so). Of course the fire department wants more when in the last two years has that not happened?

Lastly to resident 65 while a holding cell area sounds like great idea, it would be interesting to see some hard numbers for the last year for numbers of prisoners. Then compute the cost of keeping them. Remember you would require adding full time staff, and maintenance of an expensive piece of facility. With that fully examined then perhaps it is a good move.

-- Posted by USS_Missouri on Sat, Dec 1, 2012, at 11:18 PM

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