Makeover of town’s police department office, senior center ongoing project

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 2/11/18

OAKMAN — The Town of Oakman is finishing two fixer-upper projects to help enhance community pride.

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Makeover of town’s police department office, senior center ongoing project

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OAKMAN — The Town of Oakman is finishing two fixer-upper projects to help enhance community pride.

The town’s latest project has been a remodel of their police department. Workers have been sprucing up the interior with a fresh coat of paint, new floor tiles and furniture. Old items in the building have also been purged to create a more orderly environment.

“We’re just trying to clean it out and freshen it back up, and have it looking as professional as we can,” Oakman Mayor Cory Franks said.

Oakman Police Chief Ken Marbury said he looks forward to having a refurbished space to share with part-time police officer Jon Gossett.

“It brings about a new atmosphere and makes work more comfortable when you can come in and see a different building,” Marbury said. “It makes it more enjoyable to be there.”

In addition to the remodel, the police department also received a grant a few months ago for a new vehicle.

Marbury said he is thankful to the previous administration for hiring him in 2015, and he’s also grateful to Franks for helping improve the day- to-day operations of the police department.

“I do appreciate the mayor and his administration. ... Since he’s been in, he’s upgraded our vehicles, equipment and the police department, and he’s made training very available for us to receive,” he said. “The little things that he’s doing is making way for the big things that we know are possibly coming.”

Next door, the senior center remodel is near completion, and a reopening celebration will be held in the coming weeks.

Once all current projects are completed, Franks said he plans to have a town council chambers area added to the Oakman Community Center. He reiterated that the community center is now only used for low-key gatherings and church functions.

“People were allowed to have out-of-hand parties before I was elected here, and I’ve shut that down,” Franks said. “We’re trying to keep that place as clean as possible.”

The remainder of Oakman Town Hall will also be renovated in the coming months.

A line of credit the town has with First Bank of Parrish helps to pay for minor aesthetic upgrades; however, the Oakman Senior Center remodel was paid for through a grant from the Walker Area Community Foundation.