2017-09-15 / In the Know

Public safety building sessions scheduled

By B. Michael Thurlow and Robbie Moulton Special to the Leader


Five neighborhood informational sessions on the proposal to replace the current public safety building have been scheduled. An open house is also planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. (Courtesy graphic) Five neighborhood informational sessions on the proposal to replace the current public safety building have been scheduled. An open house is also planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. (Courtesy graphic) At the Sept. 6 meeting, the town council voted unanimously to place a bond order question on the November referendum ballot to replace the current public safety building.

This project has been in the planning phase for more than 10 years. For nearly the past year the citizen led ad hoc public safety building committee has been working with our consultant, Context Architecture, to conduct a space needs assessment, site selection process and designed a facility to meet the department’s needs.

The committee completed their work by delivering a final report including a cost estimate to the town council in June.

Now that the council has voted to authorize the bond question, the committee’s work will switch to public education about the project.

We are hosting six different events in the neighborhood fire stations where members of the committee will be on hand to provide an overview of the project and answer any questions the public has so everyone can make an informed decision on Election Day, Nov. 7.

We encourage everyone to attend one of these informational sessions and/or to review the materials we have posted on the committee’s website at: www.scarboroughmaine.org/psb.

The public is also welcome to tour our existing facility which will quickly help illustrate the need for this project and if you don’t have the time to come in person, we have produced a short, narrated, video tour that can be accessed from the website.

Our public safety personnel work hard every day to protect and serve the citizens and visitors to our community.

We appreciate the council’s recognition of the need for this project and we hope the citizens will take the opportunity to attend one of these informational sessions to learn about the details of the plan and to eventually support the project at the polls in November.

B. Michael Thurlow is fire chief for Scarborough. Robbie Moulton is police chief for Scarborough.

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