Thursday, 16 August 2018 22:35

Orrington considering new public safety building Featured

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ORRINGTON - Police and firefighters protect people.

Officials in Orrington are hoping to make that job a little easier and safer with more space.

 

Community policing supervisor Jon Carson said, "It will bring the police and fire departments all in one building.

 

Officials in Orrington have been working on plans for a new public safety building for about five years. Right now the departments are in two separate buildings and both have problems.

 

"This building was built in 1986 with volunteer labor. It used to house the ambulance years ago. We took it over," said Carson. "We've outgrown the usefulness of it."

 

Officials said the ceilings in the fire department are too low and they can't work on top of the trucks. They say the building is so crowded they can't even move around to get into lockers.

 

"Both the police and fire departments are in numerous code violations," Carson said.

 

The new building would be built on land the town already owns on Center Drive and officials said it's designed to meet their needs for the next 50 years. Construction could start in the spring of 2019 if it's approved in the fall. The town plans to hold three informational meetings over the next month and a half.

 

"We are looking for town support on this. We have a great police department. We have a great fire department," Carson said.

 

Shonna Narine

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