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Big on plans but short on cash, city eyes small fixes to police station

Andy Ouriel • Feb 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM

In a perfect world, the city of Sandusky would have $700,000 lying around to pay for upgrades at the Meigs Street police station. In this imperfect real world, the police department will instead have to settle for about $48,000 worth of short-term fixes.

An International City/County Management Association study completed last year outlined numerous problems at the police department, chief among them personnel issues and records management.

But the police station itself also needs about $700,000 worth of fixes, according to the study. The city pieced together a task force made up of residents and city leaders who set out to identify affordable upgrades at the Meigs Street facility.

Given the limited funds available, the committee determined $48,000 is enough to pay for various patch-up jobs, including:

- upgrading the lobby, records office and the report-writing room with new paint, ceiling, flooring and furniture. “Currently, it reminds us of Mayberry, circa 1956,” said task force member John Bauer. “It is long and narrow and unwelcoming.”

- installing a bullet-proof glass window at the records window.

- updating technology, including the installation of new security cameras throughout the facility.

- removing several 1980s-era TVs in the report-writing room and replacing them with flat-screen TVs.

- improving private areas for officers, such as the training area, locker rooms and fitness center.

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