LETTER: Osseo residents: Misinformation on police building

To the Editor:

There has been some misinformation passed on about the new police building.

There was a range of three possibilities determined by a group, including the police chief, meeting with an architect/engineering company that was contracted by the Council. The least expensive was in the library space that 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. It was determined that changes could be made from the last option by the architects.

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 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. staffed by our Administrative Assistant.  Again there would be no need for additional staff.

Mark Weidenbach