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Antrim

Police station building is on target

Finish date still aimed for January; plans for former space taking shape

  • The new police station, with a black, waterproofing layer, will eventually be painted a different color as construction continues.
  • Monday, the new police station displayed its black waterproofing layer that will eventually be painted over as construction continues to stay on schedule with a completion time of January.

ANTRIM — Construction of the new police station is right on schedule, if not ahead of schedule, with lots of interior work already completed.

Police Chief Scott Lester said in an interview Monday that all the contractors continue to do great work, keeping the construction on schedule to be completed by January.

“It’s great seeing it coming out of the ground and the roof’s on now, and it’s really starting to show what it’s going to look like,” Lester said.

Town Administrator Galen Stearns said a few little snags have come up during the construction, but nothing the contractors couldn’t resolve or that would alter construction or the timeline.

One of the minor issues that came up was deciding how many types of door locks would be installed in the building, given that they didn’t want all the keylocks to be the same type .

Another issue the two worked through involved figuring out the placement of security cameras.

“Things crop up now that you have the site, and seeing how things look,” Stearns said.

According to Stearns, the construction process is going very well. “Everyone’s pleased that the meetings are so short because everything’s going so smoothly,” Stearns said Monday in an interview.

Stearns, along with Lester and the contractors, meet Monday mornings at Town Hall to discuss the status of construction and how things are going, and so far Stearns said there have not been any major issues.

Stearns said a few reasons why he thinks the process is going so smoothly is because the police chief knew what [police] wanted in a new station when he designed it.

“Lester had everything laid out with the space they needed and everything,” Stearns said. “There were minor tweaks here and there, but everything really came together.”

In March, voters approved spending $1.675 million on the new construction; $300,000 came from the town’s fund balance, Stearns said, and the remaining came from a loan with Lake Sunapee Bank.

In regards to what will become of the old police station across the street, Stearns said Monday he still is not sure what will come of that space.

“More than likely we will use it for town office space or storage,” Stearns said. “We have all the old town records in the basement and it’s cold and damp down there, so I would like them to eventually come upstairs.” It will take time before Stearns and the town decides what to do with the old station.

Lindsey Arceci can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 232, or larceci@ledgertranscript.com.

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