The mayor and Board of Aldermen should reconsider what seems to be the majority’s “favorite choice” of the Trinity School site for the police department’s new location. The city-owned property seems to be one of the few really good locations for a possible move of the Frederick Community Action Agency at some point in the future.
Moving the FCAA four blocks south from its current location would probably save the city money, give the FCAA room to expand with more services, decrease the negative impact on the economy and safety of the downtown area, and preserve the value of this truly historic building where Abraham Lincoln once gave a speech.
One of the requirements for the new police location is that it be 1 mile from downtown. Other viable sites are within 1 mile, and from what I have been able to uncover there are many other possible sites beyond the 1-mile requirement. An alternative would be to keep a satellite station downtown and place the main headquarters in another location 2 to 4 miles from downtown.
Why now? Is it an urgent matter? It’s been talked about since the Grimes administration in the 1990s. It seems the need for more room should be less now than in the past. It’s my understanding that the station has become more of what is considered a “rolling office” because officers can do most of their paperwork in their cars due to technology upgrades. Alderwomen Russell and Kuzemchak are asking good questions.
It’s important that we look at what is good for the entire city now and in especially in the future. Let’s not be shortsighted. Is this truly the very best fit?