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By Kristina Pritchett
Police services has a renovation in its future after City Council approved awarding a contract during the Oct. 18 meeting.
Council members voted four to zero in favor of the renovation, with Councilman Scott Schoeffel abstaining from the vote.
The cost of the project totals $965,960.43.
The project will create two large locker rooms with lockers for each deputy, which will house their uniform and equipment, said Mike Rose, director of disaster preparedness and facilities.
The project also will include shower and bathroom facilities, bunk rooms, an office for the patrol sergeant, an armory, an evidence locker room, a work area for deputies to clean their weapons, a room to conduct interviews, a soft room to meet with families and more storage areas.
The station build out will cost $750,960.43, with $115,000 in new technology and a $100,000 contingency.
The city received four bids, and agreed to go with Optima RPM, Inc. and said their bid was the most “responsible/responsive bid” they received.
Originally, the project included renovations of four restrooms in City Hall, but Council members agreed to wait on that project.
The project was first proposed in 2002 but was never put into motion.
In 2015, staff proposed the project once again to allow deputies to work and report directly at City Hall rather than starting their shifts in Aliso Viejo. City Manager Doug Chotkevys said this can take as much as two hours out of patrolling.
Councilman Joe Muller said he believes the renovation will increase the number of officers on the street. Mayor John Tomlinson said this was something the city needed.
Police Chief Russ Chilton told the Council the cost may seem high, but certain standards have to be met with the equipment being installed, especially when officers are securing evidence.
It was not announced when work on the project would begin.