GLENVILLE — The town will be receiving $1.5 million in state grant funding for safety-related renovations to the Glenville Police Department.
The grant will be announced at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday by state Sen. James Tedisco, R-Glenville, who arranged the funding after a recent tour of the police station. He will be accompanied by Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle, town Police Chief Stephen Janik and others.
"This is a huge award to the town, so we're very grateful," Koetzle said. "It's very badly needed. Our officers deserve it. Our officers work in difficult circumstances, and their workplace should be safe."
The police headquarters is located in Town Hall, and its facilities have not been updated in three decades, town officials said, even though the public safety needs of the community have grown considerably. The grant money will be used to modernize the police station and incorporate new safety features.
The Town Hall has been at its current location on Glenridge Road since 1984, when the town purchased and converted a former movie theater. The police station is within Town Hall, though it has a separate entrance.
"The big issue is the safety of the public, our officers and Town Hall staff," Koezle said Monday. "Conditions are really inadequate right now."
Koetzle said the booking area, prisoner transfer space and patrol officer work area all need improvements, and the grant will make them possible. He said details of the improvement plans still need to be developed, but can be in the works over the next year, while the state grant review process goes forward.
The state funding, from the State and Municipal Facilities program of the State Dormitory Authority, requires no town matching share, but it may take until late 2018 before the money actually becomes available, Koetzle said.
While the town doesn't need to put any money into the police station project, Koetzle said the town could take the opportunity to plan for improvements to the rest of Town Hall, which would be done at town expense.
"The whole Town Hall is really inadequate to the level of service we're trying to provide," Koetzle said.