Shuffle off to Town Hall for police building discussion
The public is invited to a special joint meeting of the Select Board, the Police Building Study Committee and the Public Safety Complex Study Committee on Thursday, March 16 at 5 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium.
The meeting will feature a presentation by Tecton Architects, which has been in talks with the town about building a new police station to replace the current one.
The current police station has been too small to house the Police Department since the late 1980s.
A shuffling of town buildings, proposed by Town Administrator Derek Sullivan and recommended by the Select Board last year, would see the Police Department relocate to Town Hall and town departments move to the vacant Decas school building.
The Police Building Study Committee and the Public Safety Complex Study Committee were both formed to find a suitable future for the Police Department, whether it be moving into another building or constructing a new one.
The Police Building Study Committee has previously been at odds with the Select Board over its recommendation of Sullivan's plan. The plan was not presented to the Committee at the time.
In a September 2022 open letter to Police Building Study Committee Chair Claire Smith, Select Board Chair Judith Whiteside said that while Sullivan’s plan wasn’t “perfect,” it was cheaper for the town to move the Police Department than to build a brand-new building.