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City Of Miami Considers Relocating City Hall And Police Station

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The city of Miami, Oklahoma considers ditching it's civic center for two new homes. City officials say it's current building is out of date and has expensive repairs, and is deciding if a new building might be most cost effective in the long run.

 

"I can tell you that when I was a young boy growing up in Miami, this was the police station," said current Police Chief George Haralson.

Haralson says the Miami Police Department only housed about 15 officers when it was built as apart of the Miami Civic Center back in the 1950s. Now over 50 years later, Haralson fits 34 police officers and about 12 civilian staff in the building. 

"Quite frankly, we can't build out any further," Haralson said. 

According to Miami City Manager Jeff Bishop, lack of space isn't the only problem for the Miami Civic Center; from leaking roofs, asbestos, and a boiler that would all cost half a million to fix -Bishop says it has it's share of problems. 

"We've been going through a process where we've been looking at different alternatives, and the option that we're going to look at now is a decentralized model," Bishop said.
 
Meaning the city is looking into finding two existing buildings in Miami, and modifying one for City Hall; and one for the Police Department. Both in what Bishop calls more centralized locations. 

"From the community, we're isolated in a sense, there's not really a commercial area around us, we're predominately in a residential area, and we're a bit disjointed from downtown," Bishop said.
 
A problem he says would be solved if the city decides to modify this old charity shop right in the heart of Main Street. And according to the Miami Police Department, it is considering a building on the corner of Goodrich Blvd and B Street NW in Miami. A location that would put them right down the road from the Fire Station.

"That would help us, we interact quite closely with the Fire Department, on all car accidents, all medical emergencies, we both respond," Haralson said.

Haralson says that more space and better amenities would definitely help his force better serve the community, but that he stands behind the city in what ever decision it makes.

The City Council decided tonight to hire two architects from Tulsa to perform a cost analysis on the project. According to Bishop the evaluation of cost should happen sometime early next year. 

For full agenda of Miami's City Council Meeting, click here. 

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