|1/22/2021 1:30:00 PM|
Wyoming City officials
piecing together space needs looking at 20-years-out
In a special work session January 13 the Wyoming City Council saw the facility needs assessment done by Wold Architects. This is an early step in determining in what direction Wyoming should go as far as locations and structures for city hall, police, fire and public works.
Mayor Lisa Iverson stated, Wyoming is taking on needed decision-making that’s been ignored for years by previous councils.
The projects that were described at the work session are not happening immediately, Mayor Iverson stressed, but space needs assessment has to get underway, as part of long range budgeting and planning to accomodate a growing city.
The city hall, fire department, public works complex and public safety offices all need extensive TLC. Just the zero to two year more immediate projections run about a million dollars each for public works and fire, and $1.3 for police and $1.4 for city administrative functions. Longer term priority needs were items that must be tackled in 3 to 5 years and 6 to 10 year projects are those that include planning for painting, carpet replacement, etc.
Wold Architects presenter Melissa Stein reminded council the consultation began with talking with council and staff, right after the election, based on guiding principles and what the city wanted out of this analysis.
Facility needs are addressed 20 years out.
Priority projects and deferred maintenance are described, and the analysis goes down to lowest priority or 10 years out— as far as projects that should be addressed. Wyoming City Hall has alot of priority issues. It is crowded and not ADA compliant and very outdated, with an interior space that’s not very “welcoming” said Stein. The roof is nearing replacement stage. City Hall could be built new somewhere else and it could go into an existing structure in town somewhere.
Options include— city hall could be vacated and all of the structure used for fire department needs, which right now are attached to city hall and very under-sized.
Or, police and fire could be combined into the emptied city hall with square footage added onto the current city hall site for both. Police moving out of the old township parcel/public works campus results in freeing up the site for public works to expand.
Or, police would get a new building, located on city owned property at 273 and County 30, as one option proposed. (Where Split Rocks access road is.). Public works would again expand on its current site that it shares with police now.
Newly elected Council member Brett Ohnstad asked Public Safety Director and Police Chief Paul Hoppe what his ideal site would be for a law enforcement headquarters.
Hoppe said anywhere downtown, within a couple blocks of the industrial and commercial core, would be best. Hoppe added that the Wyoming calls are often to freeway incidents and to commercial buildings and that the industrial park offers the greatest potential for fire and explosives and injury call outs.
Hoppe explained that the future square feet estimated for a police facility as shown appears to be a huge increase, but cautioned that it’s not all “finished space.”
Alot of what is needed consists of evidence and equipment storage and garage area. Hoppe also noted that doing nothing will certainly result in “renting containers” or similar actions down the road, which also costs money.
Wold spokesperson Stein noted that even a “do nothing” approach will require funds. There are maintenance and handicap compliance issues facing the city that call for speedy action. Industry standards that have been allowed to be delayed, fire and public works, ought to be addressed. There’s a new fire truck budgeted and there’s no place to store it right now.
Council will continue its review of long range resolution and re-visit this in a regular meeting.