Official seeks police station cost



An architect has already put together a preliminary blueprint of a new police station.
By TIM YOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
HUBBARD -- Safety Director Robert Paterniti will meet with a Howland architectural firm to get a price for a new police station.
"They seem to be moving in the right direction," Paterniti said of city council's attitude toward a new facility.
He will be meeting with Baker, Bednar & amp; Associates Inc. to discuss the cost.
Paterniti is going ahead with the cost analysis after a Wednesday meeting with five of seven council members. He said Councilmen Raymond Farcas, Douglas Rohrer, William Williams and Richard Keenan agree a new building is needed.
Councilman John Marshall, Paterniti said, has some questions about possibly building an addition onto the city administration building to serve as a police station.
Abandoning the station constructed in 1870 came to the forefront after mold was discovered in the building.
The spores are generally not a health concern unless those working in the building already have health issues, a study has concluded.
Nonetheless, the administration and lawmakers want city workers out of the station.
What's been done
Baker, Bednar has prepared a preliminary blueprint of a 6,300-square-foot building. It would be built on the parking lot next to the current downtown location. The one-floor structure would have no basement.
Paterniti said the blueprint will be used to determine where features of the new station, such as offices and jail cells, would be located.
The city has a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture low-interest loan available to it to build the facility. Paterniti said lawmakers want the price tag to be kept as low as possible because the loan must be repaid.
Council and the administration have been discussing placing a 1-mill to 1.5-mill levy before voters that would generate about $100,000 annually for 10 years to pay off the loan.
Williams, D-at large, said lawmakers haven't looked at the cost.
"We have to decide how much should be spent," Williams said, noting police will be determining what they need, including furnishings and communications equipment.
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