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Samara Police Roughing It in the Community Hall
Police must wait at least two more weeks before repairs are finished

By Arianna McKinney

 

Renovations to the Samara Police facility, which began on February 10th, are expected to take at least two more weeks.  In the meantime, the police have been roughing it in the community hall and a small office lent by Hotel Giada. 

    After more than a month of cooking, bathing and sleeping in the community hall, police officer Rafael Castillo Sandi said it’s very tiring because the hall doesn’t really have the necessary living conditions; however he says they are staying there with much pleasure because they’d rather be in Samara where the town can see them rather than far away in Nicoya or in Carillo, which were options considered after the Ministry of Health issued a notice to the Public Force to move out of the Samara police facility until necessary renovations are completed.
   
    Castillo related that the water system is bad in the community hall and dust enters when they’re eating.  Additionally, other groups occasionally hold meetings in the hall, although Castillo affirms that this doesn’t bother them in the least. 

Rafael Castillo Sandi of the Public Force cooks dinner in the small kitchen of the Samara Community Hall.  

 

Renovations to the Samara police facility, which began on February 10, are progressing but will take at least two more weeks.

 


Officer Maekol Quiros Sirias agreed that he doesn’t like the living conditions in the community hall and said it will be better when they can move back into the police station. He said the bathrooms in the community hall sometimes don’t work and sleeping can be a challenge because of the mosquitoes and the cool night air, along with noise on the weekends from the nearby disco, since the hall is rather open. “But at least there’s a roof”, he added. 

   Renovations have taken longer than initial estimates - in part because the work is being done by the police rather than contractors. The Ministry of Public Security is providing materials and labor for the project. Juan Carlos Vallejos Lopez, a member of the Public Force who works with civil works for Guanacaste, explained that the renovations include installation of two septic tanks and new drainage, replacement of the roof, installation of ceramic tile, painting, and installing new toilets and windows. 

    At this point, Castillo reported that the new drainage and septic tanks have been installed, the roof has been replaced and painting and flooring work are underway. The bathrooms still need to be renovated and new sinks installed in the kitchen.
 
Giancarlo Capponi, vice president of CASATUR, is coordinating community support of the project and estimates that the work might be finished in two more weeks. The facility will also need to be inspected by the Ministry of Health before the police can move back in. 

In the meantime, people can call the police in their temporary office at 2656-3434. 

 

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