Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-04) presented a check for $988,600 to Lake County for the Lakeport Armory Facility Repurposing Project. This funding was secured in the Fiscal Year 2023 government funding bill.
“Lake County has been significantly impacted by natural disasters and having an efficient and robust response is essential to the safety and well-being of our community,” said Thompson. “I was proud to work with Lake County officials to identify the need for this funding to repurpose the Lakeport Armory as an Emergency Operations Center and help serve the people of the county. This project will help mitigate the risk in Lake County and strengthen our response to wildfires, floods, landslides, and other natural disasters.”
“I acknowledge that the majority of this project, to date, has been accomplished under recently retired Sheriff Martin. However, as the current sheriff and for those current and future department employees, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for Congressman Thompson’s support of this project. I look forward to continuing the relationship with the Congressman, our Board of Supervisors, County Administration, and all other stakeholders,” said Sheriff Howe. “The idea of a unified Sheriff’s Department campus that will improve efficiency, response, team cohesiveness, and, ultimately, public safety is very exciting.”
Within the first year, facility rehabilitation improvements may include energy efficiency upgrades (replacement of the HVAC system; roof replacement with solar; weatherization measures) and accessibility alterations. The planning tasks and initial improvements will assist in repurposing the Lakeport Armory for permanent use by most, if not all, Lake County Sheriff’s Office Divisions and the Emergency Operations Center.
In addition to providing Emergency Operation Services, the repurposed facility will also serve as a Regional Training Center for multiple jurisdictions and public safety disciplines. As a result, emergency response operations throughout our region will be more resilient, mitigating risks to Lake County and surrounding communities.
Learn more about this project here.