Earlier this summer the Lee’s Summit Police Department stated on its web page that the addition and expansion to police headquarters was progressing.
Months – and a few weather-related delays – later, the project is still ‘on time and on budget.’
In November 2010, voters in Lee’s Summit approved a $37.4 million no-tax increase bond issue that allocated $10 million dollars to fund public safety projects such as an upgrade to the emergency services radio system, a remodeling of the detention facility and a new police training facility with an on-site firing range.
The 28,000 square-foot addition will also include training classrooms and associated community support space. Also included in the project is the renovation of 3,500 sq. ft. of space located in the existing detention area. Access to police headquarters from Chipman Road will also be a part of the project, as well as addition parking spaces for visitors.
“We’ve been without a firing range and have always had to rent a location in order to conduct our fire arms training,” said Mark Taylor, major of the department’s supports services division. “This will allow us to train more often throughout the year and have our on facility.”
Construction by Titan Built Construction Company began at police headquarters in May of this year and was initially expected to be completed by November, weather permitting. Heavy rain over the summer months push the expected completion date back to the beginning of 2014, but as Police Chief Joe Piccinini said the project is still “on time and on budget.”
“On time and on budget, that’s all you need to know,” the Chief jokingly said. “And you can quote me on that.”
Taylor said: “We’re on budget for what we’re doing and the completion date is still first of the year. That’s where we’re at. The rain held us up for a little while and some different things, but we’re on schedule. We have a lot (of work) going on.”
Taylor said the expansion and addition will not only help the department’s officers stay sharp with firearms training, but also improve overall training in preparation for what goes on in the streets.
“Officers will become more efficient with their firearms,” Taylor said. “It will also allow us to pull vehicle inside the firing range and do things with vehicle as far as using vehicles for cover. It makes training more realistic.”
Taylor thanked the voters in Lee’s Summit for making the expansion/addition possible.
“The citizens have been fantastic with the support for the police department in passing this bond issue,” he said. “The bond overwhelmingly passed; it passed with a big number. I think it was 75, 76 percent pass. The Lee’s Summit Police Department has had great support from the citizens of this community and it showed with their vote.”