Thursday, 20 September 2018 12:51

Skowhegan to vote on new public safety building Featured

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SKOWHEGAN - In November, voters will be asked to approve an $8.5 million bond issue to construct a public safety building.

The town's police and fire chiefs said that if the project is approved, the new building will serve residents for years to come.

 

Currently, the town's fire station and the police department are located downtown. The proposed site puts both departments under one roof but about a mile and a half outside downtown because there are no empty spaces in which to build a facility.

 

Right now, the police station is located in the basement of the municipal building while the current fire station was built in 1904 on an island.

 

"The biggest issue was probably in 1987 with the floods. And both bridges were underwater and the station was not accessible," Fire Chief Shawn Howard said.

 

The proposed public safety building would have 30 percent more square footage than the existing facilities.

 

The fire station has evidence of crumbling brickwork and other structural problems. The police department has a floor that looks more like a rippled potato chip.

 

Both chiefs say relocating the fire and police stations will not decrease response times.

 

The man who lives next to the site of the proposed public safety building said he welcomes the first responders.

 

"I don't really mind them being there but I don't know if it's going to help the fire station as far as going across the town," he said.

 

Voters can  have any questions about the project answered at a public hearing scheduled for Oct. 16.

TJ Tremble

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T.J. Tremble joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 in March 2016.

He was raised in Bangor, attended Bangor schools and graduated from John Bapst High School. He attended the University of Maine, studying p...