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Bartlett to study police station's space needs

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Bartlett officials have set aside $180,000 in the proposed 2014-2015 budget for a study into the aging police station downtown.

The village has not pinpointed when the analysis will be done. But officials say the 21,677-square-foot building is dated and crowded. The department has added more than 30 employees since moving into the facility in the early 1990s.

Now, a staff of 77 works out of the largely untouched station at 228 S. Main St.

"Clearly, they are very cramped," Trustee Eric Shipman said.

As the village began drafting next year's budget, officials identified several remodeling projects for the station, built in 1991 and connected to the more modern village hall.

But the village decided against investing in that work until officials examine the results of the study.

Those proposals and their estimated costs included:

• $40,650 to replace interior and exterior security cameras

• $64,000 to renovate a pistol range

• $60,000 to overhaul men and women's locker rooms

Shipman said the station faces a "real shortage of office space."

"They need more room," Shipman said. "We need more space for computers and infrastructure to support them."

The study's findings will help officials weigh whether to sink money into a facelift or a new police station down the road, Shipman said. But he stressed the village is in the early stages of talks.

"For the time being, this is the first step in probably a 10-step process," he said.

Trustees are expected to approve the $57.5 million village budget by May.

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