City moves forward with Police Department remodel

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — The City of Sheridan has approved a $1.745 overhaul remodel of the Sheridan Police Department. "The men and women of the police department have worked their tails off to be effective in what they do, and this work space will just make them more so," Sheridan Chief of Police Rich Adriaens told the city council at a meeting tonight. The project will be paid for with $642,900 in public safety one cent funding; $861,660 in supplemental funding; and $240,448 in unexpended general funds. "The vast majority of the contractors ... the framers, the plumbers, are Sheridan or Sheridan County contractors, and that is good to see," City Councilor Thayer Schafer said. As previously reported on Dally , the police department was originally built in 1981, and has not had any substantial improvements since that time. The remodel to the existing building would address maintenance issues and bring the facility into ADA compliance and other professional standards. "Dispatch needs are really critical," Adriaens said, adding that the department must come into compliance with new Homeland Security requirements by August of this year. Adriaens said he hopes the department will become a "one-floor operation," because for efficiency and cost-effectiveness, his officers are cross-trained. If detectives are able to be housed on the same floor as the other officers, they will integrate together for information-sharing purposes, he told the council. The newly remodeled station will also have dual-purpose space: a forensic interview (soft interview) room and a conference space. "If you come to the police station (today) to report a crime, we are dealing with you in the lobby," Adriaens said. Public Works Director Nic Bateson has been acting as the project manager for the remodel, and said that though it was first projected with a cost of over $2.5 million, staff kept "cutting it down and breaking it down" to reach a guarenteed maximum price of $1.7 million. Dale Buckingham was hired as the architect and Dick Anderson as the contract manager at risk to approach the project. Funding the project will straddle two years, meaning allocations will be made in fiscal years 2016-17 and 2017-18, Bateson said. "If the mayor and council approve that, we've got ... (contractors) ready to hit the ground running," Bateson said, before the council unanimously approved the project. #dally #news