KAYSVILLE — After much political debate, the doors of the new $5.4 million Kaysville Police Station at 80 N. Main Street are about to swing open to the public, allowing them to see what they are paying for.

A police station open house is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. Representatives from various programs within the police department will be on-hand to meet with the public. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the building is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday.

Kaysville Police Chief Police Sol Oberg, City Building Official Mike Blackham and Mayor Steve Hiatt, recently provided the Standard-Examiner with a sneak-peek tour of the building police began to inhabitant in March.

But despite the newness smell of the structure, and how the station almost melts into the landscape of Kaysville City’s Main Street, prior to, and throughout construction, there has been those vocal naysayers who opposed building the structure based on cost.

Opponents claimed the proposed station was too large and extravagant, and as a result voters in November of 2010 voted against approving a general obligation bond to fund the construction of the building.

But city officials point out the 2010 vote was not about whether or not to build the station, but instead related to approving a general obligation bond to fund it.

“It has always been a part of our capital facilities plan,” Hiatt said of the police station.

And regarding opponents argument of it being too extravagant, Hiatt said, “there is certainly nothing lavish about the building.”

The 19,860 square-foot station, constructed with funds from a municipal building authority bond which members of the City Council approved, provides the city’s 25 sworn-officers and three civilian staff, with the work space needed to perform their duties, while protecting the privacy and safety of those they serve.

“It allows us to professionalize everything we are doing. It allows us to do the job the right way, the way these citizens deserve,” Oberg said.

The old Kaysville Police Station was 5,500 square-feet in size, and due to space constraints, according to Oberg, would put such people as a day care operator who would have to come in to get finger-printed for a operator’s license within feet of a suspect being interrogated by police.

The old police station, built in 1984, also had no temporary holding cells for those arrested.

The new police station has three temporary holding cells.

“This is the kind of separation you should have in a public safety building,” Hiatt said.

The station also includes a Haz-mat room, a Sally-port for police vehicles and a limited access evidence room with metal lockers and its own refrigeration unit. Prior to the new building, evidence was stored in wood cabinets, and evidence needing refrigeration was placed in the break room refrigerator, sometimes right next to officer’s lunches, officials said.

“We have to be able to maintain liability standards for evidence (collected),” Oberg said. “We need to be able to maintain the integrity of the evidence.”

Hiatt said it would be “tragic” if a case were lost based on a loop hole related to how the evidence collected was being stored.

The station also offers an ancillary building in keeping larger police equipment, like bike patrol bicycles and recovered bicycles, as well as a radar speed reading trailer, out of the elements in extending the service life of the equipment. The ancillary building also offers a dog pen for the police K-9 unit.

There is also a multi-purpose conference room in the station, allowing the department to bring in outside representatives from other law enforcement agencies to deal with shared investigations, or possibly to use in case of an emergency disaster, officials said.

“A lot of research went into this. This wasn’t an overnight deal,” said Blackham, who as project manager on the Kaysville Police Station visited 10 other police stations in order to research what it should include.

The new station also meets seismic code in the event of an earthquake, something the old station did not do.

The old station was built in 1984, when Kaysville had 7,500 residents, Blackham said. The city now has about 30,000 residents, and is projected to reach a build-out population of about 44,000 residents. The new Kaysville station has been built with that growth in mind, he said.

Contact reporter Bryon Saxton at 801-625-4244 or bsaxton@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @BryonSaxton.

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