Funding has been approved in Brookfield for the Police Department to purchase an 12-foot by 24-foot storage container. The $8,250 from the PD Outside Services Fund will also cover the associate site work and electrical wiring to put power into the structure.
It will be located at the police station and house traffic cones, traffic barricades, generators and spare car parts when they put in the prisoner containment units. They have to take out the seats and store them somewhere, but there's no room at the town garage. The seats have to be stored in bulk evidence or the police garage because the seats have to be put back in the cars when the town sells the vehicles at the end of their life cycles.
It's a portable building that can be moved if and when the town moves forward with a police station expansion. But Chief Jay Purcell says it's needed so they can function in the current building, where the department will be for the foreseeable future.
In keeping with the look of the surrounding buildings, the storage facility is a barnyard-style rather than a metal corrugated storage container.
When the parking lot was redone, they put in power capabilities on the far side of the lot. That means there can be lights and power outlets if officers have to do work out there. That means they can also keep batteries in the generators charged.