PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Building Committee is close to accepting a final report for plans to build a $11 million police station, Mayor David Merchant said Thursday.
The Building Committee met last night, Merchant said, and an architectural rendering of the proposed building was shown. The Committee did not approve any plans last night, Merchant said, because they had a few additional questions that they wanted answered by the architect. However, he anticipates that the plan will be approved soon.
“Once they give their report to me, I will bring it before the council and the next step will be a referendum,” Merchant said. “I don’t know when that will be yet; COVID has the world turned upside-down.”
In the meantime, Merchant said he encourages residents to look at the current police department in town hall, which he said is woefully out of compliance with current building standards. Merchant plans to create a video for the town website which he said will allow residents to tour it virtually.
“If you go into the current police department there is no room; people are always bumping into each other,” he said. “The new building will allow us to have rooms for interviews and interrogations as well as jail cells that are in compliance. We will be able to separate men from women and juveniles from adults.”
Merchant thanked the Police Station Building Committee for their hard work up to this point. He noted that three people who are serving on it are local police officers who know the needs of the department firsthand.
The new police station is budgeted at $11 million, $8 million of which is for the building itself while the remaining $3 million includes architectural costs and furnishing. Merchant said that he hopes that when the project goes out to bid that offers will come in under the budgeted amount.
“For those who are worrying about the mill rate and taxes – if we build it, it doesn’t mean that the mill rate will necessarily increase,” said Merchant. “If we don’t build it, that also doesn’t mean that taxes necessarily will go down.”
Merchant said that, currently, there aren’t a lot of grants available to assist with the project. However, he said that the town will continue to pursue grants as they become available – like they have done for the planned renovations at Gosinski Park.
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