Oklahoma City plans to spend nearly $1.2 billion in the next five years on capital improvements related to public safety, public works and MAPS programs, according to presentations at Tuesday's city council meeting.
Tuesday's meeting featured the latest in a series of presentations on five-year capital improvement plans for the city government's departments. The state requires the city to update its five-year plan every two years, and the council is considering the plan based on information supplied by each department director. The city expects to spend about $2.5 billion on capital improvements in the next five years.
The majority of the police department's capital improvement spending plan is about $51 million for a new headquarters and municipal courts building. About $31 million of the rest is for equipment, such as the new black patrol cars beginning to go into service now.
A new $2.7 million briefing station in southwest Oklahoma City is the most expensive item in the rest of the plan.
Police Chief Bill Citty has said the new headquarters, which will replace the aging current building, will help police be more efficient.
“We're hoping to start that project in the summer,” Citty said.
The fire department plans about $32 million in capital improvement spending over the next five years, Fire Chief Keith Bryant told the council.
It's similar to the police budget except for the new headquarters and court building. Three new fire stations and new equipment, specifically new firefighting vehicles, make up the bulk of the department's spending plans.