By Mayor Paul Sorensen
Thank you, Firestone residents for your overwhelming support on Election Day!
Last Tuesday, Firestone residents voted in support of public safety in a big way, with the passage of ballot issue 2A, which will fund the construction of a new police station and courthouse through a $0.6% sales and use tax. That means on the purchase of $100, the tax will be 60 cents.
Town leadership understands the need to balance fiscal responsibility with the unprecedented growth that Firestone has seen over the last 10 years, during which time we have nearly doubled our population. Still, we don’t take any tax increase lightly. Careful planning coupled with a clear vision set forth by the Board of Trustees and Police Chief David Montgomery, set the stage for this critical public safety project to move forward, and with support of Firestone residents at the polls, we are now in a position to break ground on the new facility in the Spring of 2018.
“On behalf of the entire Police Department, I am grateful for the support of Firestone residents on ballot measure 2A,” said Chief Montgomery. “By an overwhelming margin, residents voted in support of furthering our commitment to the public safety and well-being of Firestone residents, our officers and staff. We are excited to move forward with the construction of the new police facility and courthouse, and will keep residents apprised of our progress along the way.”
Located on the southeast corner of Colorado Blvd. and Sable Ave. in Central Park, the new police station will be designed to meet our community’s current and future public safety needs. The new facility will provide sufficient space to properly address front-line operations, including:
•Booking and holding detainees
•Separating detainees from the general public
•Processing and storing evidence
•Safely storing weapons and ammunition
•Protecting police vehicles with proper storage
A much-needed courtroom, records area, and hazardous and biological materials storage area will also be included at the new facility. The energy efficient building will help reduce operating costs, and current projections estimate an additional $50,000 of annual savings by eliminating the need for the Town to lease other office space.
It’s common knowledge that the Police Department’s current facility is operating well beyond its capacity. As Firestone continues to grow, so will our police department. To provide the highest level of public safety, the new police facility will be built with growth in mind. By 2028, the Department is expected to have nearly 60 employees, which is double the size of its current staff size, with a projected 75 employees by 2038. The new police station is designed and sized to meet the community’s needs for the next 20 years, and the site will allow for future expansion, as needed.
The Town of Firestone is committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of residents today and every day. With the passage of ballot question 2A, we will be able to prioritize public safety, more efficiently and effectively than ever. We couldn’t have done this without the support of our residents on Election Day.