Basalt police to give town an economic boost this summer |

Basalt police to give town an economic boost this summer

BASALT ” Basalt cops will provide the town with a bit of an economic stimulus starting this summer.

The police department needs to vacate its digs at the fire department’s station near Elk Run by July 1. The fire department wants to overhaul the building and include some affordable housing units for its staff. The fire department has been renting space to the police department for “little cost to the town” over the last five years, according to town manager Bill Kane. But now, “it’s time for us to move on,” he said.

There are short-, mid- and long-term plans for the new cop shop. In the short term, Kane, police chief Keith Ikeda and public works director Bentley Henderson are searching for a place to rent. “We have a number of options that look promising,” Kane said. There are several vacant commercial spaces in Basalt right now.

By early 2010, the department will move into the old library building at Lions Park. The library is constructing a new facility and plans to vacate the current building, which the town owns, by January or February. The police department could end up there for three to five years, possibly longer, Kane said.

Eventually, the plan is to build a pubic safety building, potentially on town-owned land near Old Pond Park, west of downtown.

Meanwhile, the fire department hopes to secure approvals for its bigger building in Basalt and start construction this summer.

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