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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 22:13

Orrington committee discusses new public safety building Featured

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ORRINGTON- Residents rejected a proposal for a new $3.5 million public safety building in December.

Since then a committee has been working towards a new proposal.

 

The Orrington Options Committee has been tasked with laying out the plans for a new public safety building.

 

"The life of our facilities have gone way past what they were designed for. The trucks are designed bigger than what fits in our station." said Chief Scott Stewart of the Orrington Fire Department. "There's also a lot of new safety data out there and in our station, we have no way to meet those safety standards."

 

At their last meeting, selectmen authorized $10,000 for preliminary designs.

 

They also voted to hire JM Brown Construction of Hampden.

 

"That $10,000 will get us down the road a little bit to a hopefully, not to exceed number, we can take to the citizens." said Dick Campbell, a Republican State Representative from Orrington and the Chair of the Orrington Options Committee.

 

According to Campbell, the main reason residents voted against the originally proposed $3.5 million plan was because they needed more information and wanted a lower price tag.

 

Campbell said he hopes with the new plans will be able to fix both issues.

 

If residents were to vote in favor of a new public safety building, it would be located at the corner of Center and Tupper drives.

 

"A lot of different options have been explored and a lot of inputs have been taken, including public input." said Stewart. "I feel every stone has been turned, so to speak, and i'm happy with the process so far."

 

The committee is discussing bringing the public safety building to a vote at the annual town meeting on june 3rd, but no final decision has been made yet.

Rachel Mann

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