Future of Marshfield’s police station considered
By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD – Marshfield aldermen are trying to decide whether a new police station is needed, or whether to add on to the existing one.
On Sept. 25, the Marshfield Common Council heard the latest on a space-needs analysis of the current police department location at First Street and Chestnut Avenue. Public Works Director Dan Knoeck said the current 36-year-old facility is at a point where the cost to address the deficiencies is about 50 percent of the replacement value.
“That is a ratio that is kind of a critical point in a building’s life where decisions need to be made about do we continue investing in a building, or not, or move on,” he said.
Knoeck said the space-needs study suggested the current 18,600 square-foot facility needs to be upgraded to 34,500.
He also said the first big question that needs answering is whether the current location is the right one.
Police Chief Rick Gramza says he likes having a centralized downtown location, but recognizes the space deficiencies in the current building.
“We are challenged with our space, with our current space needs,” he said. “We had, I believe, 33 employees back in 1982. We are now at 48 and that is without out dispatch center. Our officers are doubled-up in rooms.”
City officials also noted the need for garage space to accommodate the 23 vehicles the department uses.
A proposed new building for the police department was estimated at $11-14.6 million dollars. Two separate addition and renovation plans range between $3-6.3 million.
The city began using the existing police department in 1982.