Police station construction delay continues

bbashioum@demo-mo.comJanuary 24, 2014 

The completion of the new, 2,600-square-foot Harrisonville police station is still a work in progress, according to Public Works Assistant Director Eric Patterson and Project Manager Jack Cotton.

Patterson and Cotton gave an update on the building’s progress to the city’s Board of Aldermen during a regular meeting Jan. 20.

Crews are putting the finishing touches on the front office and conference room spaces and are now directing their efforts to complete the building’s FEMA-rated room that will house dispatch operators, the station’s evidence room, as well as the city’s computer servers.

“We’re getting down to the last rows, and they’re getting shorter,” Cotton said. “Right now we’re working on getting the FEMA room lit up.”

Last summer, the building’s completion had been on target for Nov. 15, but it could still be a couple more months before the police staff can move into their new facility.

Patterson said there is currently a conflict going between the contractor and a subcontractor about who is responsible for providing a UPS, a battery to help power the FEMA room, that costs between $50,000-$70,000.

“It’s a substantial piece of equipment,” Patterson said. “Until that shakes out, we won’t be able to get power in there.”

Crews are also waiting on a transfer switcher that is on order.

“They told us it would be six to eight weeks to get here, and is ending up taking 10 to 12 weeks,” Patterson said. “They said it should be shipped out on the 31st of this month.”

Once the FEMA room is complete, crews will then install a new 911 emergency radio system before the department’s staff will be in their new home.

In other meeting business, the BOA took the following actions:

Approved a resolution authorizing a purchase with Feld Fire Equipment for the purchase of personal protective equipment (firefighter turnout gear) in an amount not to exceed $17,532 by a vote of 7-0.

Approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of furniture for the new police station through Scott-Rice Office Works in an amount not to exceed $43,332.04 by a vote of 7-1.

Approved the purchase of a new ABB disconnecting circuit breaker for the city’s north substation through Wesco in an amount not to exceed $53,000 by a vote of 8-0.

Approved a resolution opposing the passage of laws by the general assembly limiting local control and cost recovery for usage of city-owned utility assets by a vote of 8-0.

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