Police station ahead of schedule

Interior painting process mostly finished at new Hayden building, Birch said

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Hayden police might move into their new building a bit early, Chief Ray Birch said.

Construction is running about a week and a half ahead of schedule and about $1,100 under budget, Birch said Tuesday. The Hayden Police Department plans to move into the new digs in the first two weeks of June.

TCD is in charge of the project on the eastern edge of town, on the new Hawthorne Street. Birch received an update about it Tuesday morning amid a maze of meetings. The chief returned last month from a tour of duty in the Air Force Reserves in Iraq and started back at work Monday.

Crews will start work on the station's exterior stucco in the next couple of weeks, Birch said. Much of the interior painting is done, and crews will lay tiles this week, he said.

"It's just moving right along," Birch said. "TCD's incredibly organized. : Project manager Gerry Carter is very organized, very systematic, very effective in what he's doing."

Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin said last week that the speed of completion would depend on the outdoor work.

"The timing issue on the Police Station is going to be more about the site work than anything else - how nice is the weather, what they can attempt to do when," Martin said.

Still, he said, the town plans for June.

"We've scheduled to get our furniture and stuff delivered June 1, so sometime after that, we'll be able to occupy the building," Martin said.

The $2.3 million station near The Haven Assisted Living Center will provide room for the Police Department to grow, Martin has said.

The 5,500-square-foot building sits on about 2.3 acres. When the station is ready, the department will move there from its quarters in Town Hall. The new building includes an intoxilizer room - for intoxication testing - an evidence room, locker rooms and offices for detectives and Birch.

Deputy Town Clerk Bonnie Carrico will serve as police clerk at the new building.

Birch said he was pleased with progress.

"It should be pretty well squared away and on schedule," he said.

- To reach Blythe Terrell, call 871-4234 or e-mail bterrell@steamboatpilot.com

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