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How to Spend Rochester's Capital Improvement Funds

October 22, 2018 10:39 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- City leaders started off Monday's Committee of the Whole meeting with a report surrounding the 2019 to 2024 capital improvement program budget.  

The budget is scheduled to be adopted in 6 weeks and city staff like to get city council input on some of the most expensive projects.

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Right now, the city has about $500 million worth of needs to address deficiencies in existing infrastructure like updates to the Rochester Public Library, parks, Rochester International Airport, Rochester City Hall and Rochester Police Department.

Rochester's North Police Precinct is estimated to cost around $18 million and is at the top of the agenda for council members. Newly appointed Police Chief Jim Franklin stressed the importance of security and space, Monday.

"The police department does, in fact, need covered parking for their squad cars. One, because it's a squad security issue. This has already been demonstrated in our city through the fact that when we sent our squad out for service, we actually had a bulletproof vest stolen out of a squad that was then used in the commission of a crime. If we park our squads outside, we're going to have to end up taking every single piece of equipment that could possibly be used against us out of our squads again. That's the equipment that we're trying to preserve," said Chief Franklin.

The city did recommend funding the North Police Precinct in their report. The council is expected to adopt the full budget on December 3.

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