Council President Pro Tempore Michael Correia (Ward 6) introduced a resolution tonight calling on the city’s Department of Public Property to make immediate repairs to the city’s Public Safety Complex.
There are several issues that need to be addressed at the City’s Public Safety Complex, including the entryway and ramps in the parking lot which are in poor condition. There is also a need for replacement of padding in certain cells, and several leaks in the ceilings within the facility, amongst other issues.
“It was brought to my attention that there are important upgrades that need to be made to our Public Safety Complex,” stated City Council President Pro Tempore Michael Correia and Chairman of the Committee on Public Works. “Providence has a history of putting band-aids on small problems, instead of addressing them from the beginning. I want to avoid this building, which is used daily by 1000’s of residents who come to pay fines or go to the Municipal Court and by our public employees, falling into disrepair. The building is 15-years old and it’s time to make fixes and upgrades before things go south.”
In addition to the repairs, the resolution calls for additional security cameras for the proper monitoring of the property, added security to entry and exit points where it is lacking, upgraded audio and visual equipment, and other general maintenance tasks throughout the building and the municipal parking garage.
After 60-days from passage, Correia is requesting that the Mayor and the Director of Public Property provide the City Council with an assessment of all repairs needed in the facility as well as a report outlining the steps being taken to complete the identified repairs and upgrades to the facility.
Council President Pro Tempore Correia continued, “Part of owning any property is maintenance, and after 15-years it’s time to give the building some TLC. Not just for the employees that spend much of their waking time there, but the 1000’s of others that visit the building and parking structure on a daily basis. I look forward to working with the Director of Public Property on ensuring that we are providing a safe and habitable workspace for our employees.”