Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,778,000)
Lake Havasu City is a medium sized Arizona community on the shore of Lake Havasu and the Colorado River, with both California and the Chemehuevi Indian Reservation to our west, Kingman and Bullhead City to our north, and Parker to our south, in southern Mohave County. The Lake Havasu City Police Department and its accessory building were constructed in the mid-1990s and are now showing signs of aging along with general wear and tear. Specifically, door hardware is beginning to fail, The floors, ceilings, walls, counters/work surfaces and roofs are in need of refurbishment or repair throughout the buildings. There have been multiple leaks to the roof of the facility that should be addressed. The jail cell doors that frequently require repair are old and parts are becoming obsolete. The old plumbing is a source of concern as blockages have occurred causing leaks through the exterior walls. The glass at the reception windows is not bullet resistant which causes safety concerns. There are miltiple areas where the concrete pavers have settled and/or are damaged creatng tripping hazards. Our aim is to make the necessary and recommended refurbishments/replacements to the Police Department and its accessory building to extend the lifespan of the building while mitigating emergency infrastructure failures likely to arise in the near future all the while increasing the safety of employees and occupants and improving the functioning of the criminal justice system. The Police Station and Jail serve both the community, Western Arizona and the many tourists and visitors to the area. Lake Havasu City serves as a regional focus for southern Mohave County and is the WALETA (Western Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy) which serves all of Western Arizona. Lake Havasu City is currently committing most of its discretionary funds for the development of a Municipal Courthouse facility after the forced deconsolidation of County/City Court system due to outgrowing the County facility. Additionally, Lake Havasu City has been able to complete a significant environmental/sewer program with little federal funding using rate fees to remove 25,000 septic systems in Lake Havasu City near the Colorado River, ensuring the safety of the water for both California and Arizona. We also manage our flood control system without receiving federal grants. Federal grants for this public safety need are a very important action and without this federal support, the improvements will not occur in a timely manner.