Voters approve new police station

After voting down a proposal to fund a new police station in 2011, voters this month approved a $5.2 million debt exclusion override to fund construction of a 12,000-square-foot station next to the firehouse on Washington Street. Special Town Meeting voters earlier this month approved funding for the project, but it also needed voter approval at a subsequent special election. “There was a better turnout this time around, and I think people understood the issues better,” said Town Clerk Patricia Anderson. She said that 1,575 residents (roughly 21 percent of the town’s registered voters) cast ballots in the Oct. 19 special election, with 903 voting in favor of the override and 672 opposing it. In 2011, the override question failed, 580-435, with 14 percent of registered voters casting ballots. “I’m thrilled that residents saw the need and, more importantly, that the officers will be in a safe, state-of-the-art facility,” said Police Chief Ted Ross, who said he expects the new station to be completed by the end of next year.