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Renovated Francestown police station to hold open house

  • The Francestown Police Station is currently undergoing interior renovations, which will expand the station to the entire bottom floor of the Town Hall Annex. Staff photo by Ben Conant



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, September 05, 2018 11:6AM

The Francestown Police Department will hold an open house on Sept. 15 to showcase the newly renovated police station.

The open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the station, located at 15 New Boston Road. There will be children’s activities, hamburgers, hot dogs, and refreshments.

“Everything has gone smoothly,” Francestown Town Administrator Jamie Pike said Tuesday. “The last piece of the pie is a new sign, which should be here in about six weeks.”

Renovations to the police station have been in the planning stages since December 2016, with design work completed in 2017. The renovations were completed on Aug. 17.

Renovations included a new public entrance lobby, space for a reception desk, a chief’s office, two soundproofed interview rooms, replacing an old oil burner with a propane model, insulating the building, and a three season HVAC system. 

Pike said the project was funded by a $170,000 warrant article approved at Town Meeting last March, a $480.56 grant from Walmart, and $5,420 in rebate and grant money from Eversource.

“We were able to do a few things that weren’t originally part of the project,” Pike said, referring to a call box – a box outside the station that links people to the town’s dispatch system via a button – among other things. 

During renovations, police business was conducted out of a conference room in the town hall, located across the street. 

Prior to renovations the station consisted of two rooms, accounting for about 500-square feet of usable space. Now the department will take up the entire first floor of the town hall annex, approximately 1,600-square feet. The department will also utilize the second floor for department-related training. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.