facilities need to expand
Express Staff Writer
municipal facilities must more than double in size in the next five years
to accommodate projected growth, according to a study made public Monday
got a five-year fuse here, where things really need to expand by that
time," architect Michael Doty, who coordinated the study, told the
Ketchum City Council.
interviews with city department heads over the past month, Doty determined
the maximum expansion needs for city facilities, based on potential new
employees and equipment. Based on those numbers, he brainstormed potential
solutions for the space conundrums.
officials called Doty’s numbers a worst-case scenario but a good place
giving us the worst-case scenario, we can back up from that," Mayor
David Hutchinson said. "This is great. It’s a kickoff."
Counclman Randy Hall pointed out that employee numbers usually don’t
grow at the rates cited in the study.
of (what is needed) is to bring things up to a standard that is
reasonable," Hutchinson said, referencing the city’s crowded police
station and city offices.
The idea of
studying the city’s space needs came in the wake of August budget
considerations, during which the council decided to hire two new city
employees but wasn’t sure where their offices might fit at city hall.
Maurice Charlat said finding space for the two new employees should be a
top priority for the time being.
solutions to the city’s overall space needs would likely require that
the police station, fire station and city offices be broken apart and
housed at separate sites in Ketchum. They all now share a roof at city
hall on East Avenue.
department most in need of expansion, Doty said, is the city’s police
department, which has immediate space needs of more than 6,000 square
feet. The current police station at city hall is 4,280 square feet.
years, however, Doty determined the city’s fire station would also need
an additional 7,213 square feet on top of the 4,280 it has now.
administrative offices would need to expand by 4,757 square feet in five
years, Doty said. They are now 5,785 square feet.
solutions are not as easy as simply building new facilities, Doty said.
fire protection must be maintained, and the orientation of the fire
station’s bay doors to another usable city lot require that the fire
station be moved first, despite the police department’s immediate need.
city-owned lot across the alley from city hall is vacant, but is used as
an exit street for the city’s fire engines, as well as fire department
emergency vehicle parking.
presented four alternatives, which he said were meant to get officials’
mental gears grinding more than as real, workable solutions. One
alternative would move the fire station to the city-owned lot at the
corner of Sixth Street and Leadville Avenue, move the police station
across the alley from city hall and retain the city offices where they are
are ideas, and you can mix and match these things different ways,"
made sure to point out that the study and options are extremely
are probably 50 different cuts after this one until we get even
close," Hutchinson said.
he doubted the city could get projects of this magnitude completed in five