Orleans Restarts Police Station Project

police04ORLEANS – The Orleans Board of Selectmen are forming a new Police Station Building Committee to work on the renovation, addition or replacement of the existing police station.

“The need is really critical. The building is really in very, very bad shape. We believe the time is right to move it forward again,” Tom Finan, former chairman of an earlier Police Station Building Committee, said. “There are just so many things inside the building that are tired and worn out is the best way I can describe it.”

Any Orleans residents interested in joining the committee can contact town hall.

Citizen interest forms are available in the town administrator’s office. A number of forms have already been received, according to board of selectmen’s administrative assistant Margie Astles.

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In 2008, plans for a new police station were voted down at the polls and then failed again at fall town meeting. Finan said he does not believe there was anything wrong with the plan but rather it failed because of the weak economy.

An article addressing plans for a new police station is planned to be placed on the May 2015 Town Meeting warrant, according to Finan.

Selectmen will begin interviewing people to serve on the committee at their meeting on November 19.