The Town is moving forward on a project to evaluate Police and Fire buildings.
Tuesday night, the Board of Selectmen appointed members to the Public Safety Study Committee created in January. The appointed committee will study the departments’ current facilities and explore their future options.
Meanwhile, safety chiefs are continuing efforts to explain to the community the need for the project.
Both safety chiefs made a slideshow presentation to the Board of Selectmen in the fall, detailing facility problems. Recently, Southborough Access Media followed up with them to give them a chance to make their case directly to residents.
SAM followed Police Chief Kenneth Paulhus through a tour of the building. The video (shared above) gives a history of the 85+ year old building. It also highlights building constraints for the police department.
The Southborough Fire Department will produce a similar video with SAM soon.
Paulhus begins the Police Station tour by explaining that the building was designed originally as a school. That point is reinforced when he shows that a third of the building consists of hallways and staircases.
Wrapping up the tour, Paulhus says he is looking forward to forming the committee which will be:
working towards a more modern police facility to provide better service to the residents of Southborough.
The committee will consist of both chiefs, the Town Administrator, an Advisory Committee member (John Wood) and three citizens-at-large.
Seven residents applied. Most were lauded by selectmen for their qualifications. In the end, they agreed upon:
- John Reed – described as a professional civil and structural engineer
- John Lyons – a Weston Police Lt, a member of Weston’s police station study committee. (That committee determined that a combined Weston public safety complex wasn’t warranted. They did recommend a new police station. That project broke ground this past December. )
- Al Hamilton – respected by selectmen for his past contributions to Town committees