City Council approves elevator for police building White brick is chosen for exterior

March 09, 1993|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer

The Westminster City Council last night overrode the "no" vote cast by Councilman Stephen R. Chapin Sr. and approved an elevator for the new police headquarters to increase accessibility for the disabled.

The council chose white brick for the exterior of the building, a former auto parts store on Locust Avenue.

Council members also unanimously approved a proposal to reimburse city elected officials for expenses they incur on government business. Mileage for the mayor and council and for city employees who use their personal cars on government business will be reimbursed at the Internal Revenue Service allowance rate, currently 28 cents a mile. Since 1987, city employees have been receiving 21 cents a mile.

The elevator will allow disabled individuals to go between the first and second floors in the police headquarters without having to go outside and around the building. It will add $87,082 to the $658,000 renovation cost.

"The new police headquarters meets all the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act," Mr. Chapin said. "Why not save the $87,000?"

He suggested two alternatives: a wheelchair lift that would cost $8,000 or an interior ramp, for which he did not have a cost estimate.

Councilman Kenneth A. Yowan countered that he did not see the elevator as an extravagance. "Some people might grumble for months that we put the elevator in, but if we don't do the right thing they're going to remember it for 20 years," he said.

Council members debated red brick for the building's exterior before deciding to follow the architect's recommendation for white brick to create a "campus look" with nearby City Hall. Thomas B. Beyard, city planning and public works director, said the white brick is more expensive, but said he did not have exact cost figures.

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