TYLER (KYTX) - Tyler city council members approve the creation of a police substation in South Tyler during Wednesday morning's meeting.
Council members also approved the City accepting a Justice Assistance Grant that would add a gang officer to the Tyler Police Department.
Both measures were approved unanimously in a vote of 7 to 0.
TYLER (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - A new police substation may be on the way for south Tyler if the Tyler City Council approves an architecture firm at its meeting today.
The council meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall, 212 N. Bonner Ave.
The proposed cost for design, construction administration, surveying, geotech investigation and interior planning will cost $225,500, and the Tyler-based Fitzpatrick Architects will make the presentation to council. The money for the design will come from the city's half-cent sales tax fund and is ranked in the half-cent program to begin design this fiscal year, according to information from the city.
"I am not sure when ground breaking will be, but I expect that it will be within a few months if council approves," City Manager Mark McDaniel said Tuesday.
City officials performed an analysis as a part of the city's Lean Six Sigma Initiative and determined that the south side needed a police substation because of growth and development in that area, according to information from the city. Adding the station also will improve officer response times for officers patrolling beats in that area of the city, according to council communications.
The single-story 15,000 to 20,000 square feet police substation will be on 3 to 4 acres near Faulkner Park, according to information in the Fitzpatrick proposal. The building will include administrative offices, interview rooms, a briefing area, locker and shower rooms and detective and patrolman work areas. The substation also will include a dispatch center and a potential traffic operations center, according to the architect's proposal.
The city launched the Lean Six Sigma program in April 2009 to cut costs, increase efficiencies and respond to changing economic conditions.
In other business, the Tyler Police Department could gain an officer whose primary job will be to deal with gang activities and gang-related crime. If council approves, the Tyler Police Department will apply for a $63,956 federal justice assistance grant to fund the position for the upcoming 2013-2014 fiscal year, according to information from the city. The city could apply for the grant again next year.
A full-time gang officer could compile a current database of known gang members and would concentrate on gang-related crimes and problems in Tyler, according to information from the city.