IMLAY CITY — After months of anticipation, the police department appears on the verge of moving into its new offices on the lower level of the Lamb-Steele Building.
The move was approved last year by city commissioners, who expressed a reluctance to invest any more money into maintenance and upgrades at the current facility on Third Street.
Police Chief John Stano plans to take advantage of the new and donated exercise equipment now available to him and his fellow police officers at the new station inside the Lamb-Steele Building. photo by Tom Wearing.
Police Chief John Stano said the finishing touches on the new offices are nearly complete, save for installation of wireless communications allowing the department access to the state's LEIN Law Enforcement Information Network.
"We'll add a 'repeater' to the new building," said Stano, "which duplicates what the tower does at the old building. We didn't want to move that tower."
He added that new evidence lockers have been ordered, and some of the walls at the new location are being modified and reconfigured to accommodate the police department's needs.
"We're hoping to be in by the end of April," Stano said. "We're very excited about the move. It will be a good thing for the department and the community, and a big morale boost for our officers and staff."
Stano noted that his officers and staff have shared in the prepping of the new quarters.
"We're really appreciative that so many of our officers have helped in getting the offices ready," he said. "They're taking ownership of our new home."
Among the amenities available at the Lamb-Steele facility is a large exercise room that includes a treadmill, stationary bike, heavy-duty punching bags and a power station. Other items, including a Bowflex unit, were donated by officers.
"It's not mandatory," said Stano, "but it's very important that we be in good shape. Not only is it a good stress reliever, but we want to be in better shape than anyone we might be chasing."
New EMS garage
Along with the police department move, the city agreed last month to proceed with the addition of a four-bay EMS garage on the south end of the Lamb-Steele Building.
Usage of the four bays will be split equally between the ambulance service and the police department for indoor patrol car parking.
The $330,000 addition was approved unanimously by city commissioners, with the project being paid for with money from the city's Lamb-Steele Fund.