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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 10/02/13
MSP: We're not a part of
BRFD auxiliary building
by CHRIS GRAYAn auxiliary building for emergency responder use is still in the works and the Michigan State Police (MSP) can have no part in it.
Observer Staff Writer
At the Sept. 18 Bruce Township Board of Trustees meeting, Lt. Mike Shaw informed the board that the MSP cannot be involved with the construction on an auxiliary building near the Bruce-Romeo Fire Department Station 2 on Van Dyke.
"We cannot be part of that building, we are not part of that building, we are not taking donations," he said. "We're not going to put a state police item in there."
He said the MSP appreciates the efforts put forth, but can't take part because state police buildings are designated by the state Legislature and by Lansing.
Following the meeting, Shaw said the Bruce-Romeo Fire Department already offers plenty of space for troopers to change clothes and store equipment.
The project began when Trooper Darby O'Dell sought donations and assistance as a citizen to construct the building. She said the building would be for fire department uses like ambulances, a HazMat trailer and other equipment, but could serve as storage space for troopers that use the station as a detachment.
"This is something that never should have started with our participation in the first place," Shaw said.
He added that comments made by residents in support of the building made it seem like the state police would be encouraged to stay in the township through the building, but said the MSP "can't be bought with a building."
"The only time we would leave is if they (Bruce Township) actually got a dedicated police department or contracted with the sheriff's office," he said after the meeting.
He said that O'Dell, a resident in the local area, is not in trouble and has been advised of the situation.
Clerk Susan Brockmann said as far as she knew the project would still continue due to businesses and other residents supporting the project.
In a letter, O'Dell said what began as a simple shelter grew into a 30 by 64-foot four-bay storage structure. The concept of the structure was designed by Romeo student Mario Chiesa.
O'Dell said companies like Dan's Excavating, Jarod Boyd Excavating, Florence Cement, Fitch Engineering, Capital Building Systems, ABC Truss and R. A. Chiesa Architecture have contributed to the construction of the building. She said students from the Romeo Engineering and Technology Center will also be involved in the construction.
She also thanked the Romeo Lions Club for accepting donations and other contributions on behalf of the project.
Questions about the project can be sent to O'Dell at email@example.com.
Shaw said the Bruce township detachment will receive an extra two troopers in October. He said a total of 12 will work out of the detachment, with two on the day shift and two at night. From midnight to 6 a.m. two troopers will work in one cruiser.
"The northern Macomb detachment is something that we know that we want to actually put more folks up to," he said.
The detachment, however, isn't necessarily a station. He said the detachment is receiving a lot of foot traffic from residents that is hampering the fire department operations. Shaw said residents should call the state police on its non-emergency number in lieu of going to the department.
"We'd be more than happy to come out to your house and speak to you out there, but we're trying not to overwhelm the firefighters that are inside that building," he said.
The Metro Post #21 that covers Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties can be contacted at (248) 584-5743.