Letter - Can we afford something new?The Echo? Yes, it is. The last two editorials are echoes, stating the same – that the law enforcement center for the police department needs more room.
To the editor:
The Echo? Yes, it is. The last two editorials are echoes, stating the same – that the law enforcement center for the police department needs more room.
The commentary in Friday’s paper by Commissioner Bales explains the space situation at the existing law enforcement center. There is plenty of room. The city signed the contract for 20 years; effective until 2013.
When the work release folks go to the new jail this year, the entire top floor is available for storage, drug task force, secure evidence, training and briefing rooms, and more. The mechanical systems are being addressed; a non-issue. The off-street parking can be expanded.
Saying the “county owns the building” is wrong. All county buildings are owned by the taxpayers. Remember, taxpayers in the city of Alexandria must pay for their law enforcement part of the county law enforcement, operation of the new jail, in addition to an 800 megahertz dispatch system at the cost of $3 million-plus.
Sure, the police department wants something new, but can we afford it? Especially in this economy? Let your voices be heard.