Mar 12, 2014 10:16 Hammond council approves funds for flooring at new police headquarters Hammond council approves funds for flooring at new police headquarters Vic Couvillion| Special to The Advocate March 12, 2014 Comments HAMMOND — The City Council approved the expenditure of $44,000 on Tuesday for the purchase and installation of flooring for the former Hancock Bank Building in downtown Hammond, marking the latest step in renovating the facility that will serve as headquarters for the city’s Police Department. Hammond Grants Director Lacy Landrum said the $1.2 million conversion of the building is progressing on schedule and at a steady pace. When the project is completed, which is expected late this summer, all Police Department activities spread out among several buildings will be under one roof. Landrum said in addition to the renovations of the structure, on South Oak Street, an additional 2,500 square feet of space will be added bringing the headquarters building up to 12,500 square feet. Funding for the police building came from a $600,000 grant in state Capital Outlay Funds and a matching amount from the city. The Police Department also has expended funds for additional improvements to the building. At the same meeting, the council unanimously approved three resolutions accepting grants for work on two fire stations and the city’s Streets-Public Works Building. The cost of the project is approximately $200,000, Landrum said, with three-fourths of that money coming from Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and Federal Emergency Management Agency grants. The city will absorb 25 percent of the costs to obtain the grants. Slated for improvements are Fire Station No. 2 at a cost of about $44,000 and Fire Station No. 5 at a cost of about $48,000. About $110,000 will be spent on the public works building. Landrum said windows and doors at the public buildings will be storm proofed, roofs will be improved and other measures will be taken to assure that the buildings can withstand hurricanes and other natural disasters. Resolutions approving acceptance of the grants authorized Mayor Mayson Foster to enter into a memorandum of understanding with Tangipahoa Parish because GOHSEP-FEMA grants must be channeled through the parish. The council also passed a resolution approving the submission of an application to the federal Affordable Housing Program for $90,000 in grant funds to rehabilitate 10 homes within the city limits. Landrum told the council that since Foster was first elected mayor 11 years ago, about 100 homes occupied by lower income families have been rehabilitated. She said new roofs have been installed, heating and air conditioning units have been upgraded, handicapped ramps have been built and numerous other improvements have been completed.