Progress being made on new SH Police Department

Alex Paul

Although spring weather slowed early construction, a dry summer has pushed the new Sweet Home Police Department back on time, according to Chief Bob Burford.

Burford said Wayne Anderson Construction of Corvallis has made up for lost time and is expected to be on target for a March 2001 completion date.

The $1.9 million project is being funded by a $950,000 bond and funds set aside by the city for construction of the new facility. Due to heavy flooding in 1996, the police department was moved into a modular building placed behind City Hall.

“I am pleased with what’s happening so far,” Chief Burford said. “It’s going to be a nice facility. It’s going to be a building the city can be proud of. It’s not fancy, but it won’t be a shed either.”

The nearly 10,000 square foot facility is being designed for the long-term, Chief Burford said, both in terms of earthquake standards and size.

“Because we are an emergency command center, we are building to 125% of earthquake standards,” Chief Burford said. “Those measures included a great deal of soil work.”

Another key area is a large meeting room that can hold representatives of numerous emergency services areas. So, in time of need, they can all meet in one area that will be served by an 80 KW generator.

For more information, see this week’s The New Era.