Council approves bid for Police Department garage

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published February 22, 2017

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Work could begin as early as next month on a new garage for the St. Clair Shores Police Department. 

City Council approved Cross Renovation to begin construction on a new garage for the Police Department at its Feb. 6 meeting. With a bid of $166,327, Cross Renovation was the lowest of nine bidders for the project, which will be paid for with drug forfeiture funds.

Police Chief Todd Woodcox said that there is about $277,000 in the forfeiture account right now.

City Council granted site plan approval for the project, which will allow the Police Department to store animal cages and other equipment separately from where officers park the vehicles, in September. The finished project will include having the entire garage floor — both the new and existing portions — epoxy coated.

“Our current garage space is utilized for storing evidence, storing typical garage equipment ... as well as bringing prisoners into and out of the station,” said Woodcox in an interview. “We also have temporary housing for animals that are found and brought in. (It is) very, very dangerous to have prisoners in such close proximity to so many items ... that can be used as weapons. Plus, it will provide more secure storage for our evidence.”

Councilman John Caron said he’s glad to see Cross Renovation working with the city again.

“Cross Renovation is also doing the senior center, and we were very impressed when we met with them,” he said. “It’s good they’re in the city again.”

Because the project is being paid for with federal forfeiture funds, the bids were required to be submitted with prevailing wage used for the calculations, which led to more bidders applying for the project, City Manager Mike Smith said.

“It’s nice to see the amount of interest in this (project),” Councilwoman Candice Rusie said. 

Councilman Chris Vitale said they are still getting a good price from Cross Renovation.

“One of the bidders is more than twice what we’re going to pay, so quite a range, and we’re going with the low bid,” he said. 

The motion approving the bid passed City Council unanimously.

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