Wednesday, November 14 2012, 10:06 PM CST
20th century libary not up to code for 21st century police
By Caitlin Conrad/KTVL.com
YREKA, Calif. -- The Yreka Police Department is looking for an upgrade.
Officers say their station not only lacks modern features, parts of it aren't even up to code.
As you step foot in the yreka police department, you know it's old, dating back to 1914 in fact. Back then it was a library.
Police took over the old building back in the 1970s, Lt. David Gamache says age isn't the only problem facing the station, "it's a beautiful carnegie library but it's full of asbestoes," he said.
With several levels and multiple stairwells the building is far from wheelchair accessible. In fact anyone with ADA needs has to go to the backdoor for service.
If that's not bad enough a trip to the basement seals the deal. Head down the stairs and you'll find the closet they use to house their servers.
All of their commputers' guts are stored a room right next to a door way where outside sand bags sit. Those sandbags ready to block frequent flooding from run off.
The building's electircal wiring not up to modern standards either. To save money the metal tubing incloses new electrical wires that run all along the walls.
Lt. Gamache says the police department does have its eyes on some properties in town but so far no real plans for a move.
In the end it's up to the city to decide whether or not police will get their upgrade.
Yreka officers have responded to more than 14,000 calls for service this year alone they say while the space isn't ideal for serving the public,they'll continue to make it work.
Gamache says while a different building would bring them into this century they'll keep it functioning until conditions improve.