The department’s portion of City Hall has been shifting and settling for several years and the effect appears to be getting worse, according to Chief Ronald Dies.
The section of City Hall housing the department sits over what was the site of the city swimming pool before it was filled in to make way for construction in the late 1970’s.
Above the department, the second floor facilities housing City Court and the District Attorney’s Office do not appear to have a similar problem.
Mayor Rusty Moody is awaiting a report from Kevin Bell of National Foundation Repair regarding what needs to be done to correct the problems.
He said $100,000 is earmarked in the current fiscal year budget to address fixing the problem.
Meanwhile, city continues negotiations with the state for the possible purchase of the closed Guillory Development Center for use as a site for some of the police offices, including the detectives division.
Dies also advocates purchasing vacant property adjacent to the department and expanding facilities, to include a kitchen for preparing inmate meals, a move he says would save the city money in the long haul.