Torpy: Overcrowding warrants new complex

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By Katy Korkos

The Judicial/Police Jail Complex was the second major capital project discussed at Tuesday’s council meeting, beginning with an introduction by project manager David Apple and Police Chief Wayne Torpy. The pair returned to council with a detailed review of the police department’s needs in the proposed complex after being directed to do so at the Dec. 4 council meeting. The jail and court functions for the complex were accepted in a 4-to-3 vote at that meeting, with councilors Gibson, Berting and Bowman opposed to the motion.“If we used the county’s space standards for every employee, this building would be double in size,” Torpy said. He outlined the history of the police department’s building, which was built in 1977 to house 34 employees. “In 30 years,” he said, “there have been no additions to police space.” He added that the police department has added the functions of emergency management, detention staff and animal control for a 34-percent increase in staff, and that the design for the complex only shows a 29-percent increase in space needs.

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