continued The building has more space than the police department needs, according to the committee. The group felt the extra space could be converted into three offices that could generate $22,000 in income for the town.
That income along with the $15,000 budgeted for the current police station, means it would cost the town $9,000 a year more to have the police department located on Montcalm Street, the committee claimed.
That plan is now on hold, though, because of the state regulation that will not allow the town to sub-lease the additional space.
“We’ve turned the matter over to the town attorney,” Malaney said. “I’m optimistic we will be able to do something. It would be a real help to the transformation of our downtown. Our businesses, our downtown investors, a lot of people want to see a police presence downtown. I think it’s a key to our future.”
In case the old Rite Aid building plan can’t become reality, Malaney said town officials have to begin thinking about other options.
“There are structural issues at the police station and we have to be prepared to move them,” she said. “We may need to go to Plan B.”
At this point there is no Plan B, she said, although town officials are working on various scenarios.
The police commission previously investigated other possibilities and found them lacking. The Armory was excluded for police use since it houses youth activities and police don’t want children and criminals in the same building. The downstairs of the Community Building was excluded because of lack of space and parking.