Milton public safety, court facility awaits funding.
by Nicole Dow; Neighbor NewspapersNeighbor
The start of construction for Milton’s new public
safety and court facility, to be located on Highway 9, will depend on when and
how city officials will decide the project will be funded, said City Manager
“If this were our only large capital funding need, we
probably would have already moved forward with it,” he said.
have other capital project needs and what it will be the job of the council to
do is to prioritize what order things happen in.”
Other big capital
projects in the planning stage are enhancements to Bell Memorial Park and
building a new city hall in Crabapple. The estimated cost for the public safety
and court facility ranges from $8 to 10 million, Lagerbloom said.
currently in the process of putting together the city’s budget for the next
fiscal year, which will begin Oct. 1. Lagerbloom said he should know by the
first of the year what portion of the local option sales tax — shared between
Fulton County and its cities — Milton will receive. That factor could affect how
the city’s capital projects will be funded.
The city purchased the five
acres of land where the new police, fire and court complex will be built in 2011
for $1.396 million, said Communications Manager Jason Wright.
based on our call volumes and responses that we need to have something at
Highway 9/Deerfield [Parkway],” he said.
Lagerbloom said the site was
also ideal because of the access to public transportation, and the city was able
to provide traffic relief from the adjacent Cambridge High School by giving the
school a portion of the land to build a connector road to Highway
Plans for the two-story, nearly 40,000-square-foot facility include
the municipal court and fire department administration on the first floor.
The police administration and sleeping quarters for firefighters will be
Moving the public safety departments and the court from their
location at 13000 Deerfield Pkwy. will allow the city to renegotiate its lease
to take up a smaller footprint of its current rented office space. Lagerbloom
said public safety employees make up the majority of city personnel, so the move
could empty out about 60 percent of the leased space