Chiefs: City Hall is inadequate
Police Department headquarters called
By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer
Reviving a long-standing debate over
whether Ketchum should replace City Hall, the chiefs of the city’s police and
fire departments last week said the civic center on East Avenue is inadequate
Lee Edgerton, Ketchum police
investigator, right, uses her "desk," a file cabinet drawer, to show files
to Wayne Yorita, a police intern. Express photos by Willy Cook
During a special budget hearing Thursday,
July 22, City Council President Randy Hall asked Police Chief Cory Lyman if his
department’s headquarters—which is located on the ground floor of City Hall—is
adequate for conducting day-to-day police operations.
Lyman replied with a smile: "The facility
is, I’ll sugar-coat it, it’s horrible."
The police chief said the facility is not
only too small, it is also inadequately equipped.
"We’re pretty squeezed," he said.
This week, Police Investigator Lee
Edgerton said Police Department staff "are like chickens in a chicken coop."
Edgerton said the department has no
plumbing in its kitchen, forcing staff to wash dishes in a jail-cell sink.
In addressing the same issue last week,
Fire Chief Greg Schwab told City Council members that the section of the
building in which he operates has numerous flaws that could pose a hazard to
Fire engines stored in the aged building
have cracked the cement floors of the department garage, he said.
"We have to start getting the public to
acknowledge that this building has served its purpose and we have to do
something," said Mayor Ed Simon.
The city has researched options for
building a new city hall but has not yet drafted or funded a specific plan.