Bond referendum to build new station fails

Bond referendum to build new station fails

When the Oviedo police chief takes people around the police headquarters, it is to show how inadequate he is now. “Two work stations and a lot of storage space,” Chief Dale Coleman said of the area where he was normally dispatched. His crime analyst works from the former. The janitor’s closet.” We weren’t building a building because we wanted to build one. “We were building a building because we needed a building,” Coleman said. When the Police Department headquarters building opened in 1990, Oviedo had fewer than 30 sworn officers. Now, it has “They have 72 officers. The city has grown fourfold.” “We have a training room, a classroom big enough to do anything, and if we have to do tactical training, we have to do it in the firing ranges,” Coleman said. This was built to be the right size for a police department in the 1990s. “Here we are now 30 years later, and it’s still the same size, but our strength has grown,” Oviedo Mayor Megan Sladek said. The problem remains, and the $11.4 million that was approved seven years ago, but never used because it wasn’t enough at the time, is much less now. . Back in the summer, Oviedo Mall management said the former Sears store could be sold to the city for retrofits. , not only for the police station, but to move other city facilities there as well. “This is the only way a mall would make sense,” Sladek said. The future requires doing something. “We were looking at 20, 30 to 40 years. That would require a lot more space than we need today,” Coleman said. But where? And at what cost? Any new headquarters would likely be years away.

When the Oviedo police chief takes people around the police headquarters, it is to show how inadequate he is now.

“Two workstations and plenty of storage space,” Chief Dale Coleman said of the area where he was normally dispatched.

His crime analyst works out of the former janitor’s closet.

“We weren’t building a building because we wanted a building. We were building a building because we needed a building,” Coleman said.

When the police department’s headquarters building opened in 1990, Oviedo had fewer than 30 sworn officers. Now, they have 72. The city has grown fourfold.

“We don’t have a training room, or a classroom big enough to do anything. If we have to do tactical training, we have to do it in the firing ranges,” Coleman said.

“This was built to be the right size for a police department in the 1990s, and here we are now 30 years later, and it’s still the same size, but our strength has grown,” Oviedo Mayor Megan Sladek said.

Newly re-elected mayor of Oviedo says voters were vocal in rejecting bonds totaling $47 million, but issue remains $11.4 million approved seven years ago but never used because it wasn’t enough at the time , it’s much less now.

“This is not even enough to rehabilitate the existing building for use as a police station,” Sladek said.

Back in the summer, Oviedo Mall management said the former Sears store could be sold to the city for modifications.

Can the idea resurface?

“I think we really need to look at the mall, and do all the math, all the way down, not just for the police station, but to move other city facilities there. That’s the only way the mall would make sense.” Sladek said.

The future requires doing something.

“We were looking at 20, 30, 40 years. That would require a lot more space than we need today,” Coleman said.

but where? How much? Any new headquarters are likely years away.

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