Police Department will have new digs
Larger space to allow for interview room
by Martha Quetsch
Maple Parkâ€”Maple Park Police Department will move to larger quarters as soon as the police chief and a village trustee spruce up the space in the Civic Center.
The Police Department currently occupies a suite with three small offices on the east side of the Civic Center.
The first week Police Chief Michael Acosta worked in Maple Park, he began to clean and organize those rooms. Then, Trustee Patricia Lunardon offered him the option of moving the department to a larger, four-room space across the hall. Those empty rooms previously were occupied by daycare and arts programs.
Acosta saw the move as a chance to improve the department. He said the bigger space will allow for a police reception area and an interview room, which the Police Department currently lacks.
Acosta hopes the department will be able to move by March 15, after some improvements are made to the new space.
The project cost is expected to be less than $600, including having the carpet cleaned; he said the reason for the minimal cost is that he and Lunardon will do the painting that the rooms need.
â€œStarting tomorrow, I will be wearing my painting clothes to work this week,â€ Acosta said Wednesday.
Lunardon also painted the board room and a village office recently.
â€œThat’s a great thing about this community,â€ Acosta said. â€œVillage trustees put their blood and sweat into improving it.â€