Pepper Pike Council Approves Police Station Modernization; 2021 road works announced


PEPPER PIKE, Ohio – City council has approved legislation that will allow designs to be developed for a police station upgrade, making more use of what is now a cramped facility and better meeting the needs of the department.

Architect Paul Deutsch, director of Bialosky Cleveland, presented the board at its online meeting Wednesday March 24 with an overview of the work to be done, for a total estimated cost of $ 850,000.

“We have spent a lot of time with the ministry to understand what these needs are,” Deutsch told the council, adding that Bialosky worked for almost a year with Police Chief Joseph Mariola reviewing these needs.

“Some of the biggest issues were that the locker rooms are very, very old, cramped (and) run down, and there was also no good meeting place for the whole department to come together,” Deutsch said. .

The kitchen and the break room on the ground floor will be extended by moving the changing rooms to the basement.

“We are also creating public toilets which do not currently exist and an accessible cloakroom upstairs (on the first floor), as the basement is not serviced by an elevator, so we have to make sure we have an accessible area. the low. “said Deutsch.

The creation of a new chief’s office is also part of the preliminary plan, as a new interview room is being created where the chief’s office is now located.

Mariola said a second soundproof interrogation room is needed because currently, if there is more than one suspect to be interviewed, an officer has to wait with a suspect to be interviewed in the kitchen, “where there are plates. and utensils and it’s not safe. “

Other needs include a space dedicated to the preparation of evidence; space for tactical training; a room near the hall for filing reports; a safe next to the lobby; a collaborative space for two to five people, with whiteboard and projector; a document storage area next to the interview rooms; a detective room with space for three offices; and a better parcel delivery area.

The former low-ceilinged prison, now used for basement storage, will be gutted and used as an armory and evidence preparation area.

Deutsch said the building’s footprint will not be extensive and construction, in phases, is expected to take around six months. One challenge is to carry out the construction work while allowing the service to do its daily work.

“There is nothing in this plan that goes beyond what is necessary,” Deutsch said. “All of this is really necessary.

Deutsch called the work a “long-term solution” and said that once the work is completed, all that will be needed over the “next couple of decades” will be maintenance.

Mayor Richard Bain said about 15 years ago there was a proposal to build a new police station. The cost of the new 12,000 square foot facility, he said, would have been $ 15 to $ 17 million.

Bain said that when he became mayor almost 10 years ago, he and the police worked to remove unnecessary items from the police station to leave more space, which allowed the city to use another 10 years the existing police station.

“The building, at this point, has just aged,” he said. “The plumbing is not working. The imprint is woefully ineffective for modern policing. There is a lack of space for interviews, there is a lack of disabled access, there is a lack of space for female officers, which we all hope to be lucky to have.

“We don’t have a training room or a meeting room. During this period (10 years), there are changes in the functioning of our department. We are no longer using the prison space.

Bain said the police weight room, in order to create more space for renovations, will be moved to the fire station.

“This is a big project, and the board should be proud to have accomplished – many years later – the creation of a department that will move forward for 30 years, physically, for really a fraction of what it costs. ‘It was once felt like a commitment would require,’ Bain said.

“I think it’s a great design.”

The city will wait for final design plans before soliciting construction bids.

Street works 2021

Also on Wednesday, City Engineer Donald Sheehy told council which streets are slated for repairs this year. Suffolk Lane, which will undergo a full reconstruction after work is postponed to 2020 due to COVID-19, is included.

Ainsworth Drive, which will be redone, and Gates Mills Boulevard, between Lander and Cedar roads, are also planned. This section of the boulevard was last paved in 1999. It will be the subject of a “mill and backfill”, in which the old roadway will be removed and a new roadway will be applied.

In addition, Ginger Wren Road will also undergo crushing and backfilling.

The total cost of the work is $ 1.2 million.

Shaker Boulevard was scheduled to undergo work this year, including a stormwater and sewage project, but First Energy is unable to move the utility poles until the end of the year. Shaker Boulevard will be done next year instead. The Shaker Boulevard project is expected to cost $ 1,075,000.

To learn more about this year’s road projects, visit here.

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