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Town Must Organize to Keep Police in Samara

By Arianna McKinney


The problem of the location of the Samara Police Force came to a head this week when the Ministry of Health presented the delegation with five working days notice to close the police station. 

A meeting was held on Friday, January 28 at the Patio Colonial in Samara to discuss what to do to prevent losing police presence in Samara. About 40 were in attendance, including future mayor Marco Jimenez. During the meeting it was determined that the most probable solution to the problem is for the community to work together to remodel the current station.

Early in 2010, the Ministry of Health advised the police of several health problems with their facility. Due to the cost of repairing the facility, an effort was made to locate a suitable property to build a new station. Although a lot had been offered near the gas station and funds were promised by DINADECO (National Direction of Community Development) to build a new station, the project stalled, in part because many were unhappy with the idea of having the police station so far away from the center of Samara. 

Indalecio Gutierrez, District Chief for San Martin and third in command for the Public Force of the Canton of Nicoya, explained that the problem with the police station in Samara is not the structure of the building, which was repaired and enlarged about 7 years ago. One of the main problems is the building’s drainage. The septic tank is full and has collapsed. Wastewaters enter the station in the winter and produce a foul smell in the summer.

The five-day-notice from the Ministry of Health, however, has motivated people to pull together and find a solution. “We have to get organized,” stated Miguel Gomez, executive secretary of the Integral Development Association of Samara, at the beginning of the meeting. “We have to take responsibility.” 
Jose Angel Gomez Matarita, District Chief for the Public Force in Samara, displayed the five-day-notice to those present at the meeting and explained that the police have four months to see if a solution can be reached to keep a police presence in Samara. The Voice of Nosara tried to confirm this information with the Ministry of Health in Nicoya, but they refused to make comments about this situation until Tuesday February the 1st.

During the meeting, the discussion shifted from the previous efforts to find a lot for building a new facility to the more practical and immediate possibility of remodeling the current facility. Gomez proposed using about 3 million colones ($6000) of the funds from the Samara Fiestas to remodel the current facility, recognizing it as the most important need of the community at present and four members of the Asociación Progresista de Samara (Samara Progressive Association) present at the meeting offered their support. 

Marco Carmona, president of CASATUR, after the meeting summed up the new plan: remodel the existing facility and during the course of the week locate an office or apartment in Samara that the police can use during the remodel.


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