(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.