03/03/10 167 W - + 6 - 4 Raleigh Halts Work on Public Safety Center

That's today's News & Observer headline about yesterday's City Council four-to-four vote that's halted work on the proposed $205 million Clarence E. Lightner Public Safety Center. Five years of planning, with the first opposition in December, when the City Manager proposed a payment plan that would raise property taxes.

How much has been spent so far? $22 million, on design plans and the purchase and renovation of two buildings for temporary police relocation. Can the project be saved? The Mayor sees three possible scenarios: payment without a tax increase, one council member changes their mind, or a new council advocates the project. That last one's at least two years away.

What happens to the impacted city departments? Police are moving forward with their plans to vacate Central Police Station. They'll be moved by the end of the month, and relocated to interim offices in a new building on Six Forks Road and a district police office on Cabarrus Street. Read the article.

My thanks to our wonderful city council. What could the fire and police dept. have done with the $22 million dollars thrown away on this project? Stations, personnel, equipment, training-our pay and benefits? Just goes to show how political the process is-and how little the dept. really means to them. Ignorance based on perceptions-however incorrect, or just for political points-all the same. So lets start over and see how much more money we can throw away-and while doing so keep harping on how bad things are so we can cut the departmental budgets and increase the employee costs. Sounds like business as usual to me…
Goose - 03/03/10 - 14:27

Good points Goose, what a waste of damn money, just like R-Tap/ERP or whatever it’s called.
Silver - 03/03/10 - 14:44

There were so many things wrong with the design I am very surprised it got so close to being constructed. One example is having the ECC on the top floor. They had to reinforce the actual structure and provide redundant utilities and such. If you add weight and/or complexity to the top floor of a large building everything below it has to be made stronger. EVERY single beam and column now has to support a much larger load, dramatically increasing the cost of the structure. This is why most large buildings have penthouses or large offices on the top floors of buildings.

Another thing, why does everyone have to be in the same building. Does RPD really need to be in the same building as RFD, Wake EMS and Wake EM? Do you really think it will improve the end service provided to the community? Should the land be used for another development, one that will pay taxes and provide other jobs, there will be more money flowing into public safety (at least theoretically). Pick you battles. I feel like whoever mentioned the station improvements and new construction that someone just mentioned in the other were spot on.
Joey - 03/03/10 - 16:37

It would have passed if Wake Med had put a free of charge clinich on the bottom floor.

Trust me, it would have worked. No politician would have voted no. It would have been career suicide to have done that.

It could be a very minor BLS facility with the ability to do very basic level care. Much the same as an ambulance has one stretcher, it could have one bed and staffed with one Physician and two nurses and one office clerk. Open 7 days a week until 11.00pm.

This facility works. I know…we have it my city and it works wonders.
Private - 03/04/10 - 18:26

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