Sudbury Voters Approve New Police Station

The vote took place late Monday night during the first day of Annual Town Meeting.

Sudbury will be building a new police station. (File Photo)
Sudbury will be building a new police station. (File Photo)
Sudbury will have a new police station after residents approved the project during night one of Annual Town Meeting on Monday night.

Debate ensued during the meeting and over recent days after projected costs for the plans increased by $700,000 from an original estimated budget of $7.2 million to an updated total of $7.9 million.

That spike in the projected budget caused the Finance Committee to rescind its support of the police station last week. Board members said that residents supported the plans at the ballot box believing its would cost $7.2 million, and should not be asked to vote for a higher amount.

On Monday, an amendment was put forward for voters to approve the police station at $7.9 million. However, after debate by residents, the amendment narrowly failed.

The original article was approved, meaning voters supported the police station for the cost of $7.2 million.

According to Scott O'Connell of the MetroWest Daily News, if costs for the police station exceed $7.2 million, it is possible that another Town Meeting may need to be called.

Check back with Sudbury Patch for reaction from town officials on the police station vote.

What is your take on Monday's police station vote? Are you happy the plans were approved at $7.2 million? Would you rather they have been approved for $7.9 million? Let us know in the comments section below.
Kevin Littlefield May 06, 2014 at 01:04 PM
From what I saw, it's inaccurate to suggest that the "price went up." The $7.2M figure came from one estimator. The $7.9M figure came from a different estimator. Both presumably have their own methodology in determining the cost, and it happens to be materially different in this case. For all we know, a third estimator might come up with a number of $6.5M and another $12.5M. The whole matter is a point of public record. If a contractor is aware that your budget is $7.9M, their bid for the job will be different than if they know your budget is $7.2M. I'll be very impressed if the project actually comes in on time/on budget without subsequent compromise, regardless of the dollar amount budgeted. With regard to Richard's perspective above, he may have a point, however, the town already voted to have the $7.2M.
siobhan hullinger May 06, 2014 at 01:26 PM
@ Richard Lovell - I don't know where your comment went but it was hysterical.
Richard Lovell May 06, 2014 at 01:36 PM
About as hysterical as the massive crime problem we have in Sudbury. Whore houses in the barn at the Wayside Inn and lesbian street walkers plying their trade to high school girls outside Kappys, oh the evils of alcohol!!!! We need a massive police station to bring peace back to our little town. How about a helicopter and a tank?
Ella May 06, 2014 at 08:58 PM
Richard Lovell-what's with the condescending comments about mums (wtf?) and driving their suvs while on the phone to WholeFoods? Jealous? Don't have an SUV? Most of 'Merica does. Don't have a phone? Join the current century. Don't shop at Whole Foods? I don't either-why? Because I choose to use my hard earned money on what I perceive as good value. So stop the obnoxious comments about the very typical American/ Sudbury residents voting on Town Meeting articles. You sound jealous and pathetic.


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