|Cramped Quarters at Police Department|
By DEB KUNKLE
OELWEIN — City officials asked for it and they got it. The city council had previously approved a space needs assessment be done of the Oelwein Police Department to determine how much improvement is needed of the current cramped quarters.
After hearing the assessment report from John Karrmann of FEH Associates Inc. of Des Moines, given at Monday night’s council meeting, to say the officers are working in cramped quarters is an understatement.
Karrmann told the council the police department occupies approximately 1800 gross square feet (gsf) of Oelwein City Hall’s main floor, plus about 975 gsf for a sally port. This is the garage area where prisoners are brought through on the way to processing.
Some of the department’s critical communications equipment, as well as mechanical and electrical equipment and computer servers are stored in the basement. The police chief’s office is a trailer parked on-site next to City Hall and the police captain’s office is at another location. The department also utilizes other off-site locations for record storage due to lack of available space on-site.
Karrmann told the council there are significant space issues that need to be addressed including how people are processed through the booking area, which is directly related to the public space, creating safety issues for both officers and prisoners. He explained there is no real area for the public separate from the staff and administration areas.
Courtesy of the Oelwein Daily Register.