Stoughton selectmen will explain their plans for paying for a new public safety building at their meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18, and they also hope to convince the public of the pressing need for the project.
The session follows a Special Town Meeting decision Nov. 27 to hold off voting for money to design a new combined fire and police facility.
“Was I disappointed by the vote? Sure. This means we have more work to do,” said Robert O’Regan, chairman of the Board of Selectmen.
“We want to get this decided as quickly as possible,” he added, “because the conditions firefighters work under at Station One are deplorable, and the needs of the town are not addressed by the current police station. We have to fix these problems and delay is our enemy.”
O’Regan said selectmen will meet with other town committees to review the options. He said his board focused on a town-owned, wooded site on Pleasant Street that could accommodate a 40,000- to 60,000-square-foot public safety building.
He said selectmen also were determined to avoid an override and would describe their proposed financing plan at the Dec. 18 meeting.Johanna Seltz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.