Another go at police facilities 

  • Chief Meredith Lund addressed the New Ipswich Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, April 4. Staff photo by Brandon Latham

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/6/2017 6:27:55 AM

Follow-ups for the New Ipswich public response departments’ warrant articles were made at the board of selectmen meeting Tuesday, April 4, less than three weeks after warrant articles were voted on in March.

The selectmen will recommend to the police facility committee to try petitioning for the new department building at the town land on Turnpike Road again next year. They hope to be able to sell the idea better to voters.

“Do I want my taxes to go up? No, but you have to do it,” Selectman Jay Hopkins said. “We need to do a better job selling it; it’s been a struggle for how many years so we need to bite the bullet and do it.”

The bond for a new facility costing $1.98 million was voted down by a vote of 557 to 256.

The police chief, Tim Carpenter, is expected to join a selectboard meeting in the near future to discuss how to move forward after the election and regarding hiring for the open officer position.

“What I’ve tried to explain is [the cost is] not just the house, the police station,” Chair David Lage said. “It’s the demolition of building two and the reconfiguration of the driveway.”

Fire Chief Meredith Lund, who also had several cost items on the ballot on March 16, was present at the meeting. While the request for up to $475,000 to replace a 30-year-old fire engine was voted down, the article asking for $26,000 for an exhaust system to bring the station up to code for health of officers carried.

Lund has seen the proposal for a company to install it and says she will be ready whenever.

“Whatever needs to be done, we can make it work,” she said.

They are waiting for a decision on a grant that would fund the engine.


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