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Samantha Hayes Reporting Public safety agencies in Salt Lake City say they are facing an emergency of their own: old and deteriorating facilities. So the police and fire departments will ask the city council to consider paying for new buildings.
The police and fire chiefs say the building is reaching a crisis. The Salt Lake City Public Safety building certainly isn't much to look at, but aesthetics are not its only problem. The police department says the old facility is too small, worn-out, and incapable of meeting the needs of the city. In some corners there is mold, which means it could also be a health hazard. The parking structure has been condemned, and there is not enough storage space for criminal evidence. The fire department says it is also struggling with limited facilities.
Salt Lake City Fire Department's Mike Andrews says, "The current public safety building is prone to some mechanical problems as many of the citizens already know. We have water leaks, we have lack of water, we have elevator problems, we have heating and ventilation problems."
Together, the public safety wish list looks like this: City and fire want a downtown complex with three buildings for administration, 911 dispatch and a parking and storage structure. They want an east side center for a new fire station and police facilities, a K9 training space, meeting rooms and equipment placement for the fire department.
On the west side, they want a new fire station and training center for citizen groups and special operations.
Andrews says of the training, "As we do right now, we provide for inter-agency training to occur. This would give us greater potential to work cohesively with the other adjoining jurisdictions here in the valley."
The police and fire departments have asked the city council to place a $191 million general obligation bond proposal on the November 2007 ballot. The council will vote in August on whether to do that.