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Menlo Park police substation hits another snag

 

The city of Menlo Park is contemplating a lawsuit against a land developer it has been working with to build a police substation on Willow Road, near the Belle Haven neighborhood.

The developer is far behind schedule in building the station, and is in violation of a contractual agreement with the city, according to City Manager Glen Rojas.

The two-story, 3,800-square-foot facility was scheduled to open in October 2008, but has been delayed several times since then. The hold-up began when PG&E didn't respond to requests related to moving power lines underneath the site, but that hasn't been the only cause of the delay, Mr. Rojas said in an interview.

"We're trying to assess what we're going to do," he said. "They're so far behind schedule that we may need to look at other options."

The City Council discussed the issue in closed session at its June 8 meeting.

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Posted by FED UP
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jun 16, 2010 at 9:17 am

Why not sue the contractor for failure to perform per contract ? We
have good city attorneys lets use them, get PG&E involved as well
if they are part of the problem. Did anyone ever think of doing a joint Fire-Police facility ? Probably not..Fire & Police don't speak to each other, why is that ?


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 16, 2010 at 10:21 am

"Fire & Police don't speak to each other, why is that ? "

because the Police work for the city and the firefighters work for the Menlo Park Fire District?


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Posted by FED UP
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jun 16, 2010 at 10:43 am

Dear Voter:

Fire PD & EMS all work together on major incidents, like the plane
crash in EPA. There should be no boundries, they are all public safety
people. Not working together is "old school", with budget cuts, minimum staffing the need to work together is now more important than ever..


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Posted by Frugal
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 16, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Why do we need a 3800 sqft substation? That's bigger than some of the obscene oversized houses in West Menlo?


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Posted by James Madison
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 16, 2010 at 4:41 pm

If the developer is in breach, terminate the contract. If the developer owns the property, use eminent domain to acquire it. Then enter into a design build contract with a new and more reliable contractor. Above all, get the city manager to stop diddling around.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 16, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Dear Fed Up:

I was being facetious.


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