LETTER: Osseo Chief Hartkopf response to Voter’s Guide

To the Editor:

Mayor Lindquist

I read your statement in the Osseo Maple Grove Press “Voters Guide” and felt I needed to help you in getting the true story about the possible new police building. I am not sure where you were getting your information, but it is not true.  There was a range of three possibilities determined by a group which I was part of meeting with an architect/engineering company that was contracted by the Council. The least expensive was in the library space that I believe was determined to be inadequate.  The second was at the “Iten Building” which the city no longer owns.  The last one which was the most expensive ($1.5 million) has never really been proposed or decided on.  There are still other options for building size and needs plus funding being considered and looked at by Mr. Reeder and others.  In my conversation with you I also said we could make changes from the last option by the architects.

I am not sure where you got your information on staffing needs.  There would be no need for this building to be staffed 24 hours a day by two to three additional people as you stated.  The Osseo Police Department is adequately and efficiently staffed with one police chief, four full time police officers,  and a pool of part time police officers.  A new police building would be staffed as our current building is.  There is an officer on duty 24 hours a day seven days a week and the office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM staffed by our Administrative Assistant.  Again there would be no need for additional staff.

If I can be of any assistance please call me.

Tom Hartkopf
Osseo Police Department