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City offices in need of updates

With such a rich history and beautiful downtown it’s no surprise Ennis’ governmental departments want to be located in a place where citizens can take in the old-fashioned sights of the Bluebonnet Capitol of Texas. Although the police and fire departments’ are housed in an old structure with plenty of history, they are in serious need of new facilities.
There are plenty of areas in this city to which money should go, one being the repair of roadways that’s currently being addressed, but something else that should be on the city’s radar is a new City Hall and police and fire departments.
As it is now, there are no ramps for wheelchair-bound visitors to the police department, and those trying to make it into City Hall needing a ramp are directed to a back door.
Besides not being ADA compliant, being short in storage space for paperwork is another reason the departments could use a new place of operations.
A little walk through the building will uncover several rooms in the police department used for multiple purposes including file storage, a communications/technological wiring hub, evidence storeroom and clerical office space. This doesn’t take into account the municipal court’s need for storage space as well.
Any technological updates made to the police department or fire department that utilize new electrical systems is a problem because it will involve the installation of 21st century wiring in an early 20th century building.
Obviously the city will not move into a new City Hall or build an original police department right away, but we hope this can be accomplished before too much time has passed. The men and women in our police and fire departments deserve it.

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