“It was never meant to be a police station,” Selectman Terry Treanor said. “They only should have been in it for a short amount of time.”
The police department now shares a building with the fire department.
This year, the voters rejected an alternate option, 659-436, to build a new police station on town-owned land. That proposal would have cost about $1 million.
In 2008, the town fell just three votes short of building a new police station through a bond. The vote required two-thirds majority approval. The town brought it back to the voters in 2009, but it was resoundingly rejected. Town officials blamed the recession for the change in voters’ minds at the time.
The town then created a capital reserve fund and put $176,000 in the fund each year from 2010 to 2012. The proposal was put before voters again last year and, once again, rejected. Instead, voters decided to put another $200,000 in the capital reserve fund.
Treanor said he was pleased the voters finally decided on this option.
“It’s great,” he said. “It’s long overdue. I think the town made a wise choice to save money, and I believe it’s in a perfect location.”
Although the town won’t be getting a new building, Gordon said this is not a temporary fix.
“We’re looking at 50 years in here,” he said. “Possibly more.”