Residents got their first look at the city’s new Public Safety Center during a ribbon cutting and open house Monday.
Cushing’s police and fire departments were cramped in the circa 1940s facility at City Hall.
Starting at 4 p.m. Monday, residents could tour the building that houses the fire and police departments, including a jail and storage facility.
The Fire Department is housed in the west unit, which is equipped with a full kitchen, sleeping area, living quarters, training areas and communications rooms.
The east unit houses the jail with an interrogation room and dispatch for the Police Department. A shared fitness room is located on the south side.
Ashley Hubbard brought her twin girls, McHayla and Kaylee, to the opening.
“It’s beautiful,” Hubbard said. “I was surprised at how the jail cells were well-developed and clean.”
The entire cost of the center is estimated at $6 million.
City Commissioner Vice Chairman Joe Manning said all of it will be repaid through sales tax by mid-2021.
The crowd laughed when Manning told them it’s “not too often that Cushing builds a new building.”
“This is an historic event for us,” he said.
In 2008, the City Commission decided it was time to find adequate funds for the building. By February 2009, it was well on its way.
Seventy-nine percent of voters approved the construction, which began in 2011.
Forty-nine police and fire personnel work in the 24,638 square foot facility. The reserve apparatus is 9,244 square feet.
This week will be a matter of moving in equipment. Both departments will move phone lines, in the meantime the 911 system will be down.
Police Chief Tully Folden said service will continue with the help of the Stillwater Police Department.
Starting Wednesday, the Public Safety Center will be fully operational.