Of­fi­cials cut the rib­bon

New town­ship build­ing fea­tures larger, up­dated space for po­lice sta­tion

The Phoenix - - FRONT PAGE - By Mar­ian Dennis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

Cold, rainy weather couldn’t stop Lim­er­ick of­fi­cials and res­i­dents from cel­e­brat­ing the town­ship’s new­est and proud­est ad­di­tion.

Of­fi­cials the rib­bon to the brand new Lim­er­ick Town­ship Build­ing Satur­day and cel­e­brated the new and im­proved space with some for­mal re­marks, tours of the build­ing and a few treats for vis­i­tors.

“Most im­por­tantly this new build­ing pro­vides res­i­dents with a state of the art fa­cil­ity in which all can gather to dis­cuss and de­bate with the elected body the is­sues of im­por­tance to this com­mu­nity. A mu­nic­i­pal­ity ex­ists only to serve the needs of its con­stituents. This build­ing is meant to fa­cil­i­tate that pur­pose,” said Board of Su­per­vi­sors’ Chair­woman Elaine De­wan.

The new build­ing which was com­pleted un­der the bud­get of $10,600,000, is a 34,500-square­foot fa­cil­ity con­tain­ing the new po­lice sta­tion, ad­min­is­tra­tion, pub­lic ar­eas and meet­ing rooms and a base­ment.

In the pre­vi­ous build­ing, the po­lice de­part­ment oc­cu­pied a space of less than 4,000 square feet. That area has now been ex­panded to 11,700 square feet and in­cludes a va­ri­ety of state of the art tech­nol­ogy nec­es­sary for the de­part­ment to do its job ef­fec­tively.

In ad­di­tion to more square footage, the new po­lice de­part­ment has brand new hold­ing cells, which the pre­vi­ous sta­tion did not have, and in­cludes sev­eral up­dated spa­ces such as locker rooms and in­ter­view rooms.

“It will al­ways be my hope that our of­fi­cers re­turn to this build­ing safe and sound at the end of their shift. No mat­ter where we have called home, we have al­ways re­mained pro­fes­sion. This po­lice

re­mained pro­fes­sion. This po­lice sta­tion now re­flects that pro­fes­sion­al­ism,” said Lim­er­ick Po­lice Chief Brian Skel­ton.

Fol­low­ing re­marks from Satur­day, of­fi­cials stepped out­side briefly to cut the rib­bon. Guests were then wel­comed into the lobby of the build­ing and of­fered a chance to take tours of the build­ing with po­lice of­fi­cers who have been work­ing out of the new fa­cil­ity since Au­gust.

“A project of this na­ture is never easy but the board main­tained an un­wa­ver­ing re­solve in see­ing this project through to its suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion. On be­half of the en­tire or­ga­ni­za­tion, I thank the board for your com­mit­ment to staff who al­lowed this build­ing to be­come a re­al­ity,” said Town­ship Man­ager Daniel Kerr. “And we pledge that the work that will take place within these walls will con­tinue to the best of our abil­ity and with an in­creased sense of pride in be­ing a mem­ber of this brave Lim­er­ick Town­ship team as we work to serve this won­der-

MAR­IAN DENNIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Of­fi­cials stepped out­side Satur­day to of­fi­cially cut the rib­bon on the new $10 mil­lion Lim­er­ick Town­ship Build­ing.

MAR­IAN DENNIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Guests filed into the brand new Lim­er­ick Town­ship Build­ing Satur­day to cel­e­brate. Guests were treated to tours of the fa­cil­ity as well as small treats and sou­venirs to com­mem­o­rate the oc­ca­sion.

MAR­IAN DENNIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Of­fi­cials made some open­ing re­marks Satur­day to kick off the of­fi­cial rib­bon cut­ting of the Lim­er­ick Town­ship Build­ing.

MAR­IAN DENNIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Lim­er­ick De­tec­tive David Bar­tok takes guests on a tour of the new po­lice sta­tion. Here he shows vis­i­tors parts of the ev­i­dence pro­cess­ing room.

MAR­IAN DENNIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Lim­er­ick Town­ship Man­ager Daniel Kerr makes open­ing re­marks Satur­day just be­fore the rib­bon cut­ting for the new Lim­er­ick Town­ship Build­ing. The new build­ing pro­vides more space and state of the art tech­nol­ogy to po­lice and town­ship ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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