The City Council has taken another step toward new police and fire facilities by giving staff the OK to negotiate a contract with KKE Architects. KKE has much experience with police and fire facilities, as well as sustainable design (and now would be the time to draft a sustainable building policy for municipal buildings).
The Council also had a “Review of Preliminary Sites for Safety Center” on the agenda this past week. We took no action, but rather acknowledged the staff’s assembling a list of potential sites for a police station – earlier possible sites were based on the assumption that we would be building a combined fire/police facility – and directed staff to come up with a short list after looking at the possible sites for access and other issues. And now, coming up on Tuesday, we have a short list (it’s item 12 in that chunk of material) of sites to pass along to KKE. An advisory group with 2 or 3 Council members, staff, representatives from stakeholder groups (rural fire, colleges, Dundas) and citizens will be formed as part of the public process.
And, in Joel Walinski’s Friday Memo, May 11 is the tentative date for discussion of the funding mechanism for police/fire and library – the referendum or no referendum question.
There are many questions flapping around this issue, but I’m waiting for some analysis by KKE.because I need some fresh perspective on these projects.
Update: See the Council packet for April 20 for the short list of sites, which were eliminated and why. Tomorrow, the Council will meet with KKE to discuss our goals for the project as we move forward on site selection.