Saturday, July 9, 2011

Has The County Abandoned The New South Precinct Building Plans?

In August 2010, we exposed the money wasted leasing the current South Precinct building from the people to whom the county sold it too. We know, doesn't make sense.

Nearly a year and 200,000 dollars later, still no completion date on the new South Precinct.

Read more here.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Call up the chief or Ellis and ask.

Anonymous said...

We're being told the end of the year for the Toys-R-Us move.....the sergeants read that from the notes taken at the major's meeting. I wonder if all of south will be in one building again.

Anonymous said...

Toys R Us is MORE than appropriate for a Mickey Mouse run dept like DKPD.

Anonymous said...

While working at DKPD, I made one of my favorite memories at that old building.

Good Times

Anonymous said...

don't forget that all the copperpipe was stolen after county took over the build i guest insurence must had pay off.

Anonymous said...

I don't see how we could move in their at the end of the year when they haven't even started working on it yet.

Anonymous said...

I'll bet you all my raise this year that you South precinct guys aren't in the old Toys R Us by St. Patrick's Day!

Anonymous said...

This county will never see another precinct built during the current CEO tenure. We had one brought free and clear and now we are making monthly payments to the new owner who has probably double or triple his investment. This is how this county operates and the current BOC were the ones who approve this purchase deal.

LoFlyer said...

Some notes on the South Precinct sale and move project.
Around 2007 the INET team received notice that that the DKPD South Precinct had been sold to a developer and I attended a meeting at Community Development to discuss the move of DKPD South Precinct to the old Toys 'R Us(OTRU) building two miles down the road.
For the INET team, this was a major challenge. South Precinct is one of seven major network "nodes" and approximately 20 network sites are attached to it plus the redundant routing of various sites through the precinct. We came up with a plan to move the network node to a new bunker and provide INET access to the new site for about 150 grand. The cost is now about 200 grand.
At the meeting it became very apparent that no one in the decision process understood the cost of moving the network node and that the whole deal was politically driven to enhance the area with Decatur style retail units and condo's, and make a lot of money for the developer if the project was successful. The INET team made it recommendations and nothing was heard for a year.
In 2008-9, Telecom and INET received notice that the S. Precinct move was a go and called into several meetings and planning sessions that took about 40 hours of my time for voice and data infrastructure for the project.
The project was a bust, and there were some ethical and political challenges that were never overcome.
Financing was from a federal grant to enhance the the crime scene unit spaces. Amazingly enough, although space was allocated for the Crime scene unit at the OTRU, the space was not to be completed due to lack of funds. (does anyone see a problem with ethics here?) No one in the decision process, Commissioners and DKPD command had any issues with the hi-jacking of federal grant money to complete the project. The project had to be completed within the year to obtain the Fed funding, but realistically there were some major issues with the initial design that was completed before an on-site inspection revealed the plans could not be implemented without either major and expensive rework of the building or the plans. (the proposed civilian entrance/exit was located on top of the facilities gas line entry)
After the initial flurry of work, nothing further was heard about the project until this thread.
We can only hope the project will be legally funded in the future. This is another case of good intentions going astray with DeKalb government. Attention to the details should of logically stopped the project before the decision was made to sell the property to the developer.
This project reeks of political influence and lapses of reason that even the most ethically challenged can identify.
The AJC or the news media could make short work of subject if they were inclined to do their jobs and actually investigate the issues.
Best of luck, mates!
KenC

Anonymous said...

how about them new uniforms? hahaha buncha schmucks!