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Police Station Proposal Passes Ballot, Will Go Before Town Meeting

With the first portion of the proposal approved, the police station must also pass at Town Meeting on May 5 if it is to become a reality.

Voters approved the first portion of the Sudbury Police Station proposal. (File Photo)
Voters approved the first portion of the Sudbury Police Station proposal. (File Photo)
Sudbury voters passed the first portion of the proposed Sudbury Police Department on Monday. The unofficial results were announced by the Town Clerk just before 9 p.m. on Monday.

According to the unofficial count, 1,675 residents voted "Yes" while 1,284 Sudbury residents voted "No" to exempt the town for proposition two and one-half.

The ballot question was the first part of a two-part process, and it read as followed on Election Day.

Shall the Town of Sudbury be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to construct a new Police Department Headquarters and appurtenant structures on Town-owned land adjacent to the existing Fire Headquarters, for site development, purchasing additional equipment, technology, furniture, landscaping, and all expenses connected therewith, including professional, engineering, and architectural services and preparation of plans, specifications and bidding documents, supervision of work, relocation, and borrowing costs and expenses?

With the ballot question having been approved, the process is not yet over for town officials and residents.

In addition to requiring the ballot approval, the police station must be passed by residents at Annual Town Meeting on Monday, May 5.

The project proposal is for a 14,500 square-foot building. It is estimated the project will cost about $7.8 million.

In total 3,146 votes were cast on Monday at the ballot box, representing 26% of the town's 11,929 registered voters.
Tweety Bird April 01, 2014 at 09:06 PM
Jeff Winston: they can bring in rt 20 sewer, but the special interest in town will have 40B construction planned before the pipes are connected. The cost of 40B in both construction and increase in students would most certainly offset potential commercial tax rate increase. The upside is selectman Larry OBrian would sell his house on BPR and leave town.
Jamon April 02, 2014 at 12:51 PM
Tweety Bird is right. The tax base increases only slightly while taxpayers pay almost all of the costs. This will become a playground for special interests in town who will ensure that 40B construction will be rampant, increasing costs and taxes dramatically in town, including schools. Existing and some new businesses will connect, but only enough to offset a tiny fraction of the costs...and this is the best case scenario. In the worst case, this becomes a scary commercial strip, loaded with traffic and other problems, totally out of character. This will dramatically and negatively change the town in many ways.
Nancy Evans April 02, 2014 at 04:30 PM
I never said I was against this plan, but why can't the town use the old fire station on Route 117 (North Rd & Dakin Rd) that was vacated last year? They could obviously do some repairs and a possible addition, but that's a lot easier to start off with than from scratch.
Spanky Simian April 02, 2014 at 05:25 PM
Because Nancy an old historic town like Sudbury needs a Modern Architecture building made of brick and steel with huge cathedral windows. We need to be able to show those uppity Wayland and Concord Folk we can waste money just like them!

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