WORK SESSION  AGENDA REQUEST

Sponsor:

Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Raymond E. Graham, Chairman, Cedar Run District Supervisor

December 16, 2006

Staff Lead:

Department: 

Anthony I. Hooper, Deputy County Administrator

County Administration

Topic: 

Public Safety Space Needs Assessment

Topic Description:

During the 2006 Board planning session, the need to improve and expand facilities for the Public Safety agencies was identified as a priority.  Funds were appropriated in the FY07 budget for a space needs assessment and to assess the suitability of sites adjacent to the current public safety facilities. 

The consulting firm of Teng & Associates was engaged to work with the Sheriffs Office, the Joint Communications Center, the Fire and Rescue Department, and the Magistrate to determine space needs sufficient to meet anticipated needs for the next 15 years.  The consultants met with key staff from each of these agencies to determine future space needs and to determine internal relationships in order to develop an efficient and functional plan.  The consultants also assessed the feasibility of locating the new facility at the current site, 78 Lee Street, as well as a plan to utilize County property located at 24 Pelham Street.  Three conceptual options for each site have been identified that accommodate the office and parking needs of the Public Safety program.  The existing building at 78 Lee Street was also surveyed to determine the potential to rehabilitate this structure and to incorporate it in a final plan. 

The consultants will present the results of the work accomplished to date, which recommends new facilities totaling approximately 69,000 square feet and additional parking to support this program.  The plan is expected to meet the County’s Public Safety facility needs through the year 2021.

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Conduct a work session to review the Public Safety facility needs assessment and consider next steps.

Financial Impacts Analysis:

The proposed conceptual plan requires estimated funding in the amount of $34 million, if construction were to be commenced in the summer of 2008.  Provisions for this type facility are included in the CIP that will be presented to the Planning Commission in the amount of $23.8 million commencing in FY 2010.

Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Office of the Sheriff
Joint Communications Center
Fire and Rescue Department
Magistrate
General Services

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