The Board of Selectmen was unanimous in agreeing construction of a new police station is needed.
Now they have to sell it to the rest of the town.
During Tuesday night's meeting, Bill Braun of the Blue Ribbon Committee said residents would be happy to know the cost of the project, which voters rejected six years ago, has gone down. The original plan had an $8.2 million price tag in 2007, but after tweaking the plan it should come in near $7 million.
"We need this for the community," Police Chief Richard Glavin said. "This building will house the police department and offer something back to community, as well," explaining that a meeting space will be able to be utilized by the general public.
Braun said the committee was able to reduce the cost by reducing the size of the building from 18,000 square feet to 14,500 square feet. The updated plan will have two fewer cells (4), but it's relocation from Boston Post Road to Hudson Road will make it easier for officers to navigate throughout town.
"(The current station has) definitely seen it’s day," Selectman John Drobinski said. "It's something the officers in this town deserve."
Facility Director Jim Kelly said he's concerned how voters will react to the project, insisting he doesn't want this to simply surprise them come Annual Town Meeting.
"It’s a project everyone agrees we need to do," he said. "Going forward, if anyone has any questions, comments, concerns, we’d like to answer them, continue the dialog. When Town Meeting comes, people won’t be like they just heard about it."
The project would be bonded out over 20 years, Finance Director Andrea Terkelsen said, and would increase the average property tax bill by about $85.
Braun said the new two-story building would open in two to three years.
"It's a great time to do capital projects," resident Ralph Tyler said. "Money is cheap. I think biggest problem is getting over conceptual problem that it’s a much larger facility. I didn'’t hear anything tonight that tells the voters it needs to be bigger. You have to sell it (to the voters), and that’s where the focus should be."