LIMA — Employees of the Allen County Sheriff’s Office now have access to a top-of-the-line weight room and fitness center, at a bargain to taxpayers.
Thanks to donations from the Lima Rotary Club and private residents, along with labor provided by trustees at the county jail, the once-dingy exercise area located near the garage area below the sheriff’s office has gotten a face lift and a slew of new equipment.
Sheriff Matt Treglia took the opportunity on Friday to show off the new exercise area and to publicly thank the Lima Rotary Club for making it all possible.
A $6,000 Rotary grant was the culmination of nearly two years of fundraising efforts by that nonprofit group, and the sheriff said the stipend allowed his office to replace aging carpet with a new flooring surface — purchased at a discount price from Simplified Flooring — and to buy additional equipment and give the fitness room a new coat of paint.
“This would not have been accomplished without the Rotary and other donors,” said Treglia.
Rotary President Paul Swartz and Past President Tracie Sanchez were on hard to view the fruits of their club’s donations and to even climb aboard a pair of exercise bicycles that were purchased through a partnership with the office of Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick.
Treglia said the fitness/weight room is available not only to members of his department but to employees of the courthouse and prosecuting attorney’s office. But it is the law enforcement officers that have the most incentive to keep physically fit, the sheriff said.
“Because I believe it’s important to promote physical fitness, and because there are high physical standards in place for all new hires and for members of our department seeking to join the SWAT team and other special teams, it only seemed right that I be able to provide that for them,” the sheriff said. “We think this is great. This is a must-have for our office.”
Andre McConnahea, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, said use of the facility has increased greatly since the improvements have been in place.
“It’s really picked up steam; it’s getting a lot of use,” he noted.