Closing Edwards station a possibility, sheriff says
Eagle County, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY ” Eagle County Sheriff Joe Hoy is considering closing the Edwards substation in an effort to keep the department’s 2009 budget as slim as possible.
Hoy presented the possibility to the county commissioners Friday during a budget work session. The move would save the department about $47,000, Hoy said.
“In a perfect world, I would not want to do it,” Hoy said.
The four deputies that are based at the station and patrol the area would be moved to the Eagle-Vail station, Hoy said.
“They’ll just be shifted east,” Hoy said. “We can make it from Eagle-Vail down to Edwards in under five minutes ” on a heavy traffic day it’s a 10-minute drive.”
Hoy said he’s still working with the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District on the possibility of constructing a new substation as part of the district’s field house project planned for Miller Ranch land in Edwards.
It would be a good spot for a station because of its proximity to the area schools and the highway, Hoy said.
“I really would like to have that happen,” Hoy said. “That is an ideal location for us to have a substation.”
Steve Russell, director of WECMRD, has said the district would be happy to include a sheriff’s station in the project. The district hopes to have a request for proposal completed soon and a construction manager chosen by mid-December.
Hoy said the proposal is being considered because of direction from the county commissioners that all departments needed to keep their budgets tight.
“We were asked to find ways to trim our budget,” Hoy said. “I guess it’s a sign of the times.”
Staff Writer Chris Outcalt can be reached at 970-748-2931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.