Voters will have say on police station

  • Renderings of the new police station New Ipswich voters will decide on in March. courtesy of New Ipswich Police Facilities Committee

  • The current New Ipswich Police Department on Turnpike Road. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—

  • The current New Ipswich Police Department on Turnpike Road. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—

  • The current New Ipswich Police Department on Turnpike Road. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/28/2017 5:18:25 AM

After a year of planning and months of debate, New Ipswich residents will go to the polls in two weeks to decide whether to invest $1.98 million in a new police station.

The arguments each way are simple. The police department already has a facility, and it’s right across the street from the site of the proposal location and current town office, those opposed to the plan would say. Those in favor would counter that the current building is not designed to be a police station, and might not be an option if it’s sold.

“It was in what used to be a medical practice that was there, but they moved up the street and it was available,” Selectman David Lage, who was not on the board when they moved into the current space but is on the Police Facilities Committee, said. “A medical examiner room is not fit for a police station.”

The new building will include advanced design, including safe rooms and bullet-proof glass the current building does not have. It is being rented and shared with the dental practice of Dr. Fred Giamo, and Bellows-Nichols Insurance.

“I hate to say it but they sometimes chain people to the floor in lieu of a holding cell,” Bernard Hamill of the Police Facilities Committee said. “Years ago they used to have people breaking free and damaging the equipment.”

Since the proposal cleared the deliberative session without a significant alteration, the bond request will appear on town ballot on March 14, the biggest nonbudgetary article in the region for this cycle.

The committee estimates a cost of less than $100 per New Ipswich property owner per year for 20 years to pay for it.

The proposed building would go behind the current town office where Building 2 is now. Building 2, where the department was until 2009, will be torn down.

One argument brought up is housing the police and fire departments together. Lage said there is room to move the fire department in the future. The town owns about nine acres in the Turnpike Road property.




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