Corinth Welcomes New Public Safety Complex

Corinth Welcomes New Public Safety Complex

by Steve Gamel

The City of Corinth held a special ribbon cutting and community celebration in late April for the grand opening of its new Public Safety Complex and Fire House No. 3. The new main facility is now home to both the Corinth Police Department and the Lake Cities Fire Department, and officials could not be more ecstatic as they continue to settle in.

“We are moved in and very happy to be in our new building,” Police Chief Debra Walthall said. “It’s a huge thing for all my guys because we’ve always been crammed into that smaller space. This is a more functional facility.”

The 32,000 square-foot main building sits on 6.08 acres of land in the old CoServ building at 3501 FM 2181 and gives all of the city’s public safety administration a significant upgrade in space and amenities that just weren’t available at the previous locations. More importantly, it allows for better service to the Lake Cities, which includes Corinth, Hickory Creek, Lake Dallas, and Shady Shores, by bringing everyone under one roof for centralized communications and resources.

“A lot of the credit goes to the Corinth city council,” Mayor Bill Heidemann said. “The council was forward-thinking knowing that down the road we would need these facilities to be able to accommodate the citizens of Corinth and benefit the rest of the Lake Cities, too. The opportunity came to our doorstep, and we were able to get it at a fair price. That allowed us to remodel and build the fire station in the back. They are nice looking facilities.”

Some of the new amenities include a holding facility for prisoners and a fenced-in parking lot, two things the original police station did not have. Walthall also said they did extensive research, with help from other police departments in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, in the layout of a larger property and evidence room. There’s also a sally port, a secure drive-thru garage leading to the holding area, and several joint training rooms.The complex also includes a separate 11,820 square-foot firehouse that will provide backup to the other two stations.

Heidemann said the entire project cost $15 million, and the city council was able to fund it without raising taxes. “This facility is the culmination of a great deal of planning and hard work. It makes a magnificent statement about our community, and we are excited to bring a firehouse to the west side of the Interstate,” stated Assistant Fire Chief Michael Ross in a statement on the City of Corinth website.

Heidemann continued to preach the ability to provide better service and response times to area citizens. “We just went through an ISO rating, which evaluates service levels, response times, equipment, etc., and all of that impacts homeowners insurance rates,” Heidemann said. “We scored a four, and all signs indicate that we will be a two now. Now how much of a benefit is that? Well, we have 15,000 homes in the Lake Cities. That’s going to be a savings of $100 per year per home – all because the council was forward-thinking.”

Heidemann added, “It’s a win-win, and that’s the attitude we go in with. The priority is the citizens of Corinth and being able to take care of them. But we also try to make sure the rest of the Lake Cities are beneficiaries, too.”

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