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Cary officials talk capital improvements for police department, Village Hall

Multiple-phase analysis could cost $40,000

Cary Mayor Mark Kownick talks about new rules for taking donations during a Village Board meeting Dec. 4. Officials are considering hiring an architect to conduct an analysis to find out what improvements are needed at the police department and Village Hall.
Cary Mayor Mark Kownick talks about new rules for taking donations during a Village Board meeting Dec. 4. Officials are considering hiring an architect to conduct an analysis to find out what improvements are needed at the police department and Village Hall.

The Cary Village Board is considering hiring an architect to conduct an analysis to find out what improvements are needed at the police department and Village Hall.

The analysis could cost about $40,000, Village Administrator Jacob Rife said at the board’s Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday night.

“The village of Cary’s been talking about this for probably over 20 years of what to do with this building,” Rife said. “It’s time to get some information so the Village Board can make a thoughtful, informed decision about what we do.”

Capital improvement projects generally are considered to be projects that cost more than $20,000 and are in the categories of infrastructure, facilities, commuter parking and water and sanitation.

Since about 1978, the police department and Village Hall have been in the nearly 100-year-old building at 654 and 655 Village Hall Drive, Rife said.

In 2017, village officials said in the next five years it could cost upward of
$1 million to maintain the building. Village trustees at the time agreed it would be best to look at options for a new building or buildings for the police department and Village Hall.

On Tuesday, Cary Public Works Director Erik Morimoto described some of the ongoing problems in the building.

“There are some major repairs that are going to be on the horizon with just keeping the status quo, not enhancing the operation – just fixing a roof, eliminating the major leaks, addressing some structural issues that we see in one of our more historic sections of the building,” he said.

Morimoto pitched a two-phase process that would include an architect doing a study of the building and making a presentation to the board about needed improvements. That analysis would offer estimates about the size, scope and cost of the capital improvements.

“We’ve got money earmarked for this to start the process,” Cary Mayor Mark Kownick said.

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