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December 12, 2012

Hampstead hopes to pay for new police station in just one year

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The station has been up for a vote several times. It was most recently rejected at Town Meeting in March. Voters rejected a plan which would have the town pay $1.6 million for the station through a bond. The plan fell 36 votes of the 60 percent majority approval needed. Voters also turned down a $54,000 article to pay for the engineering and ownership of the plans last year, 1,059-784.

Although the cost is ultimately the same as it was last year, the percentage of votes needed has changed. With this plan, the project only needs majority approval.

“We have always received the majority of the votes,” police Chief Joseph Beaudoin Jr. said yesterday. “The additional percentage was where we are having a hard time. We are hoping that the majority continues to come out and still see the need to vote it in. The need is there and we’ve just been putting it off. The working conditions at the station now is atrocious.”

Murphy said with no big-ticket projects on the March warrant and extensive renovations needed for Hampstead Central and Middle Schools in the future, 2013 would be the ideal time to tackle the police station.

“This is opportunity to get a police station done and not get whacked down the road,” Murphy said. “I know this is a tough economy, but building costs are only going to go up.”

Once the plan is approved to appear on the Town Meeting warrant, the next step for Londrigan is making sure it passes.

“We need to re-educate the voters on what we are voting on and why we are doing it,” he said. “We aren’t developing a whole new construction plan, we are sticking with this one.”

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