Francisco also reported that the cost and construction of the Smalley Army Reserve Center building is on budget and on schedule for police to be moved in by January.
The building on West Lindsey Street used to serve as a military facility with a weapons locker. Police and fire investigators will use it for evidence storage, a crime lab and other police-related activities.
Updates from the fire department included receiving a new fire engine for Station 6. Chief James Fullingim said they are expecting the arrival of the new engine today, and it should be in service within three weeks.
The fire department also will place an order for tankers for Stations 8 and 9 in about three weeks, he said.
With seven vacancies at the fire department, Fullingim said they also plan on beginning a new academy this spring. By that time, the department expects to have about nine vacancies, he said.
Applications for the new academy will be accepted until Nov. 27.
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