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Police station to move, expand

| Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003

Cranberry's municipal building will be getting larger.

Supervisors approved plans last week for a $2.5 million expansion and relocation of the police station.

The police department would be moved to the former sewer and water offices in the municipal building. That space is unused because the sewer and water offices were combined with other township offices.

The expansion on the southeast corner of the building would add about 10,000 square feet for the police department, making it about 16,000 square feet. Public safety director Steve Mannell said the space for the sewer and water offices and the police station each are about 6,000 square feet now.

The addition would be two stories, with 5,000 square feet on each floor.

Mannell said recommendations are for police departments to have about 300 square feet per officer, which would mean the expanded department could accommodate a force of 50. The department has 23 officers.

He also said that a rule of thumb from the state is about one officer for every 1,000 residents, but that it varies widely from community to community based on the services residents expect.

Cranberry's population is 25,518, according to 2002 census estimates.

Cranberry Manager Jerry Andree said $2.5 million has been allocated for the project and that taxes likely will not have to be raised to cover the expenses.

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