Statesville city staff members presented a list of prioritized projects needed around the city to the City Council during the city’s retreat Wednesday and Thursday.
Prioritization was based on need and immediacy. The list was a tool used to help consider plans for city investment and projects. Here is a look at the projects, including the cost, why the project is a priority and when it is needed:
1. Garage: $2 million. The current garage was built in the ’70s. It cannot be expanded, delaying work on city vehicles or necessitating contracting repair and maintentence to third parties. The project is not planned, but is needed immediately.
2. Statesville Fire Department 1: $6 million. The station was built in the ’50s and is not designed for modern equipment. There is asbestos in the building and potential pollutants in the ground beneath the building. Renovating the building instead of constructing a new one would be expensive. The station was planned for 2020 with the Municipal Service Center. New plans are being discussed.
3. Statesville Police Department patrol division: $5 million. The lease for the Depot on Shelton Avenue, north of Garner Bagnal Boulevard, will end in May 2021. Based on an email Speaker of the House Tim Moore’s office sent to Councilman William Morgan, the state may not renew the lease in favor of a state-funded project. If the lease is not renewed, the patrol division will need a building by May 2021. Discussions regarding the Municipal Service Center have included the patrol division.
4. Warehouse: $10 million. The buildings are not big enough to house all the staff. Some staffers are in trailers, and there is no room for expansion. The buildings can’t hold all the equipment, and some is subject to the elements. There is no timeline for this project yet. It was seriously considered in 2010.
5. Police hHeadquarters: $11 million. Combining the patrol division and other divisions of SPD under one roof will improvement management. A new building will allow for growth and new officers. The Municipal Service Center has morphed into a police headquarters alone. This project refers to those plans which are currently on hold and subject to change.
6. Statesville Fire Department 2: $4.2 million. The station was built in the ’60s and needs roof repairs. Of all the Statesville stations, Station 2 struggles accommodating female firefighters the most. The project is planned in 2021 and 2022.
7. Statesville Fire Department 5: $4.2 million. Statesville currently has four fire stations. The city has documented coverage issues in northern areas of the city, though those are not so great that there is an immediate need. The project is planned in 2021 and 2022.