The city is preparing to renovate its police department as part of a long-term effort to maintain Miamisburg’s main government building, which was cited for state code violations in a consultant’s report.
The Miamisburg Civic Center “is safe,” City Manager Keith Johnson said, but the facility built in 1974 is not up to modern code in certain areas.
Among the violations, the civic center lacks proper fire suppression, does not comply with the American with Disabilities Act and fails to meet current energy codes, the report states.
The report by dps architects was completed last year to assess the status of city buildings. It will serve as a guide as Miamisburg officials plan capital improvement projects going forward, Johnson said.
“Overall with city buildings – but especially in the civic center - we’re beginning to upgrade some of the aging parts of the building,” he said.
“And these are investments that you make in buildings to keep them operating efficiently and make sure the employees have a (functioning) and relaxing environment,” Johnson added. “The public expects for their municipal buildings that they be maintained and in good order.”
The 42,000-square-foot building at 10 N. First St. houses city administration and staff, municipal court, the police department and a detached fire station.
Miamisburg is in the process of seeking requests for proposals for upgrades within the police department, which includes basement space “closed quarters” areas not in public view, Johnson said.
The cost of this project is approximately $100,000 and should be completed by the end of the year, Johnson said.
It will consist of demolition, Miamisburg records show.
The city is also asking for proposals for painting, flooring, shelving, furniture, doors, locks, plumbing, fixtures, lighting, electrical upgrades, technology and HVAC for the following spaces:
Four offices; three meeting/conference rooms; three storage areas; a sally port; stairwell/corridors; four restrooms; two locker rooms; kitchen; weight room; and construction of new fire exits for basement offices.
The report also includes the city’s annex building, the community center, the Carnegie Center, the youth center and the Community Park Learning Center.
It was commissioned to help avoid emergency spending, Johnson said. One reason maintenance at the facilities have not been addressed in the past is because “our priorities have been on streets and roads, which is what the public has asked us to do,” Johnson said.
Going forward, what work will follow upgrades in the police department is not certain, he said. But Johnson said he expects them to be prioritized as part of the five-year capital improvements budget city officials will complete later this year.