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Police Chief: Approving Station at Lower Cost Was 'More Appropriate for the Integrity of the Entire Project'

Sudbury Police Chief Scott Nix reacted on Tuesday to the approval of a new police station at Monday night's Town Meeting.

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Sudbury Police Chief Scott Nix said that while he appreciates the residents who were willing to approve the proposed police station at a higher than expected cost, it was critical in his eyes to instead vote as the town did at the level of the initially proposed budget.

On Monday at the opening night of Annual Town Meeting, residents approved the police station plans at a cost of $7.2 million. Recently, planners said the expected budget was $7.9 million, which was $700,000 higher than when residents approved it at the ballot box.

During Town Meeting, a motion was made to instead approve $7.9 million. It was narrowly defeated by residents.

"I feel the defeat of that motion was appropriate, as much as it was appreciated," said Nix. "It was more appropriate for the integrity of the entire project that we go forward with the $7.2 million figure, because that is what the initial vote was based upon."

Nix said that he was happy that residents realized what he called a "drastic need to replace the facility" when they approved the plans. 

The Sudbury Chief said the station will go a long way in helping the department in a variety of different areas, including training and assuring that his dispatch operators have the space required to properly assist residents in need.

"I want to thank everyone for their input on the best way to proceed," said Nix. "On behalf of myself and the leadership team, I want to thank voters for their support and their understanding for the need. I feel strongly that the $7.2 million figure was the appropriate direction to go."
Dave Dell May 07, 2014 at 09:27 AM
Where is the sale of the existing building? Why is the existing building not being sold if it is such a disaster? The proceeds of a prime Rt 20 property are likely to be over $1,000,000. Why is this not being used to pay down debt from new building, or is the town going to find some new and shockingly expensive new use for a building they maligned so extensively?
JJoseph May 07, 2014 at 10:43 AM
I see our Town Moderator is still obnoxious and a bully to anyone that the insiders do not want to hear from. It is shameful!!!! Time for a moderator that will listen to and hear from all people of Sudbury and not just the Lavender crowd.
pmotw May 07, 2014 at 03:37 PM
Mr. Fox was a disgrace last night. Probably more bulling tonight.
Erich Waible May 08, 2014 at 03:01 AM
Dave, the chief mentioned that as a cost reducer, but noted that it couldn't be sold until the new project was done. Think we better check the zoning on the property too, never know what can of worms that can open up.
jj same May 16, 2014 at 01:48 AM
acab...

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