Bourne Working to Hire Project Manager for New Police Station

A rendering of the proposed new police station.

BOURNE – The town of Bourne continues to make progress towards the start of construction on a new police station.

Voters overwhelming approved the new $17 million facility off the Buzzards Bay Bypass at town meeting and at the polls in the fall.

Town officials are currently working to hire an owner’s project manager, which requires a request for proposal.

“That request I believe is done. It’s being reviewed by the town of Bourne’s town counsel,” said Police Chief Dennis Woodside. “When his review is complete the town administrator will post that and that needs to be bid out as it is a public project.”

Woodside said he is hopeful the project will break ground in the fall.

Although the new facility is a couple years away, the department is already preparing for the move.

“We’re trying to get a lot of things done,” Woodside said. “We’re already starting to try to go through room-by-room and start trying to say ‘Hey, what can we save. What documents can we scan into electronic form?’ – things like that.”

Earlier this year the department had to replace its failing dispatch radio system. The new radio console will be able to be moved into the new station when it is completed in a few years.

“We didn’t have really much of a choice on that,” Woodside said. “We had to make that change.”

Woodside said the new station will provide more space and updated equipment.

The current facility was built in 1958 and has a myriad of problems, including electrical inefficiencies and asbestos issues.

“This is a concrete building and it’s collapsing in certain areas,” Woodside said. “We just had a section of concrete over a garage replaced by the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, which saved us a ton of money – but they also did a great job.”

By BRIAN MERCHANT, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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