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Capital Improvement Program

Addition, improvements slated for Justice Center

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Changes are planned for the Dublin Justice Center next year.

The proposed five-year Capital Improvement Program has $9.69 million planned for an addition and improvements to the Justice Center.

Dublin City Council members last week got a look for the 2015-2019 Capital Improvement Program that lays out projects for the city and funding.

The $202.7 million program includes funding for equipment replacement and changes to the Justice Center for the Dublin Police Department.

As the Dublin Division of Police takes on dispatching services for several other law enforcement and emergency services agencies, more space is needed.

The department started answering 9-1-1 calls for Hilliard and the Norwich Township Fire Department this year and added six new employees to the communications department.

"We feel comfortable with operations, but continue to have conversations with other jurisdictions who would ideally like to contract with us," Police Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg said, adding answering calls and handling dispatching services for other jurisdictions can't be performed without more space.

With the addition and improvements carrying a $9.6 million price tag, council members asked about sharing some of the costs with the other municipalities the communication center serves now and in the future.

"That will be part of overall expenditures for the entire year" of the communication center that is billed to participating entities, Finance Director Angel Mumma said.

The planned addition for the emergency call center is planned for the rear side of the justice center.

"We're looking at a two-story addition on the back with a basement and complete renovations," Deputy City Manager Michelle Crandall said.

Construction would start in spring or summer of 2015.

Other police department purchases in the proposed Capital Improvement Program include purchasing license plate readers for $100,000 and the LiveScan Fingerprint system for $35,000 in 2015.

The department's current fingerprint system is no longer supported by the company that made it and doesn't work with a new record-keeping system, von Eckartsberg said.

The $100,000 budgeted for 2015 could purchase eight to 10 license plate readers that will be installed in new or upgraded police cars, von Eckartsberg said.

"If they're as effective as we think the hope is to have them in all the cars," he said.

An additional $120,000 is budgeted for more license plate readers in 2017.

Dublin City Council members are expected to approved the 2015-2019 Capital Improvement Program at a Sept. 8 meeting.

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