Public Safety Building Study

Greetings Valdese Citizens,

Valdese Town Council wishes to share with Valdese citizens the research that is being conducted as a result of structural deterioration at the Public Safety building on Faet Street. A comprehensive timeline has been created outlining a series of studies and professional opinions on the current Public Safety Building. In recent years, the structural integrity of the building has become compromised in many areas with cracking throughout interior and exterior walls of the building. The attached document includes a comprehensive timeline with structural reports, architectural studies, programming and email correspondence all of which explain the issues surrounding the building’s failing structure and options for the future.

Since 2018, Town Council members and staff have consulted with civil engineers, structural engineers and architects to gather professional opinions detailing the possibilities of repairing the current facility or constructing a new public safety building, and the logistics of each. This information has been gathered in preparation for the Valdese Town Council members who will be sworn in at the December 6th, 2021 Town Council Meeting.

It is important to note; Valdese Town Council has not made a final decision to go forward with construction of a new facility.  Information is circulating about possible service and program funding cuts in order to financially support the debt service payments of a new building. There are no plans nor need to cut services or program funding.

A public input meeting will be held in early 2022 at the Old Rock School Auditorium. At this meeting, staff will present options for consideration and answer questions related to the future of the Public Safety Building. Citizens are encouraged to contact myself or the Valdese Fire Chief, Greg Stafford or Police Chief, Jack Moss with any questions regarding this study or packet of information. Further information will be shared on the town website at townofavaldese.com.

Sincerely,

Seth Eckard
Valdese Town Manager
828-879-2116 | seckard@valdesenc.gov

Public Safety Building Study & Timeline

Packet from Architects on 10/7/2021


Photos from February 5, 2018: Structural Engineer (SE) Michael Alberto performed an inspection of the building.

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