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Comm. Center relocation moving ahead

Thursday, January 17, 2013

As construction continues on the Clay County Sheriff's offices and jail in west Spencer, near the existing sheriff's station, a shift of municipal properties is also planned to coincide with the closing of the downtown jail. The current police building - which also houses the Clay County Communication Center - attached to the current county jail will be demolished, and the Spencer Police Department and communication center will move to the existing Spencer Municipal Utilities offices on Grand Avenue. SMU will be moving its customer service, administrative and operations center to the former R.R. Donnelley building which is currently being remodeled inside and out.
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Yesterday, the Spencer/Clay County Communication Center Board met to discuss the relocation of the Spencer Police Department.

This move will happen at the end of this year, or in early 2014. The police department will move its entire operation over to the current Spencer Municipal Utilities buildings, including the 911 center.

The board went over what still has to be done in terms of getting an architect, project manager and technical support for the relocation.

"We need it all meshed together by the end of February," Chairman Ken Chalstrom said. "The first step is bringing the architect on board."

Local architect firm Cannon Moss Brygger was recommended by Spencer Police Chief Mark Lawson, with agreement from Clay County Sheriff Randy Krukow and the rest of the board. But the decision has to be made at the next city council meeting before it is official.

An architect has to be in place before a project manager is decided upon, according to Chalstrom.

Even though the job hasn't been advertised yet, there is someone local who could become the project manager. John Hanson is willing to make a proposal. He has worked on about 27 jails and six communication centers, according to Sheriff Krukow.

"(We) need at least two proposals legally but I would like three," Chalstrom said.

Once an architect is selected the city will advertise for a project manager. Chief Lawson would like to have an architect by the end of the month, and a project manager by the end of February.

Alpha Wireless Communications will be brought on to serve as technical support when new equipment is brought in for the 911 center.

Not much construction will take place for the new 911 center. "All we're doing is remodeling," Lawson said.

The new center will take over the SMU operations center building and be kept within a single space. In the current state of the 911 center, it is spread throughout three rooms including the basement of the police station.

Because there is a female police officer, accommodations will be added for a locker room.

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Why are they moving now? Isn't this included on the new facility being built west of town?

-- Posted by windchimes3 on Thu, Jan 17, 2013, at 6:19 AM

West of town is County, downtown is City. I think we are way over policed but that is what happens when cops go to college.

-- Posted by Cookster on Thu, Jan 17, 2013, at 9:16 AM

Talk about upgrades! Yes, moving and updating the communications center is expensive, but it is definitely needed. Just as replacing one of the oldest, if not the oldest, jails in the state was well past due, according to an overwhelming majority of voters, local law enforcement and jail experts.

-- Posted by No. 3121 on Thu, Jan 17, 2013, at 11:15 AM

why was it not addressed and budgeted for when the new jail or pd move was discussed?

-- Posted by big12cc on Thu, Jan 17, 2013, at 12:55 PM

I wonder why we could not keep the comm center the jail and the police dept together and save some big bucks. Instead of a contest to see which tax funded entity could build the most expensive monument and hire the most people. Its too bad.

-- Posted by Bison on Thu, Jan 17, 2013, at 3:09 PM

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