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Scottsdale, Maricopa County merge public safety.

The Scottsdale, Ariz. City Coucil last month unanimously approved authorization of an intergovernmental agreement with Maricopa County to develop and operate a joint count and police facility.

Approval of this action signals the beginning of a cooperative effort to design construct and operate a new facility that will house the city court, police district offices, county justice court and service counter for the county clerk. It will be located behind the existing County Justice Court building, adjacent to the city's civic center parking structure.

After the county justice court is relocated to the new joint facility, the existing building will be converted into a new area superior court branch. A centralized and convenient location for citizens to access police and court services provided by bouth the city and county will be the end result of the project.

Long-range county plans include development of a regional facility that will ultimately house expanded justice court and sheriff's department offices. This project will expand county services in the Scottsdale area at a much earlier date and create potential for city offices after the county relinquishes its portion of the project.

Construction is scheduled to begin in December, with completion and occupancy planned for June, 1993.

The city and county will be responsible for the cost of furnishing, operating and maintaining their respective portions of the building and sharing costs for common areas used by both staffs, such as restrooms and break rooms. The joint project will save at least $250,000 in design and construction costs when compared to the estimated cost of developing separate facilities. In addition, annual operating cost savings are estimated at $15,000.
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Title Annotation:City Ideas That Work; Scottsdale and Maricopa County, Arizona have agreed to develop a joint court and police facility
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jan 20, 1992
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