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Council gets sticker shock | BedfordBulletin.com

            Town Council got a bad case of sticker shock last week when a representative of Wiley/Wilson, the firm that prepared preliminary designs for a new police department building told them how much it will cost. Mayor Tim Black had expected having to spend $6 million on it. Instead, Wiley/Wilson is estimating a cost of between $9 million and $11 million.

            The preliminary design is for a 20,000-square-foot two-storey building to be built on the corner of Court Street and Plunkett Street. The current police station, in the basement of Town Hall has only 4,000-square-feet of space and the Wiley/Wilson representative said they are “literally sit on top of one another.”

            Police Chief Todd Foreman said the current police department space has no armory, no meeting room and no ventilation in the evidence room.

            “Our complaint desk is a stair well,” Chief Foreman said.

            The new building would feature a multi-purpose room that could be used as a public meeting room. This room is on the ground floor where the public entrance is. Public toilets will be on the ground floor. The upper floor will be secure for the police.

There will be a bay for vehicle evidence processing for vehicles that have been seized and a new evidence room. It has secure outdoor parking, with 19 spaces, for police vehicles    .

It will take six months to produce a final design for the building and two years to build it.

After the presentation, Council held considerable discussion about how they can afford to build it. The town currently has $2.5 million set aside for it.

“This is a huge undertaking,” Black commented.

The hit the town will take depends on what interest rate they can get. If they borrow that much money at 4 percent interest, the debt service would consume five percent of the town’s budget. They may be able to get a lower rate, however, and one possibility that was mentioned is issuing tax-exempt municipal bonds.

At Black’s suggestion, Council agreed to contact a financial advisor who specializes in municipal debt.

Council also got a preliminary plan on a parking deck, which would be built on East Depot Street, utilizing an existing parking lot for its first level. An advantage to this site is that grading has already been done. The parking deck will provide 150 spaces on one-and-a-half levels above the existing parking lot. It will cost $3.8 million.

Fees will be charged for parking there and the Wiley/Wilson representative said that will mean the town will have to charge a fee for parking in other town-owned spaces.

Plans for relocating the Farmers’ Market to Plunkett Street have been dropped as there isn’t much sentiment to doing that. Instead, Wiley/Wilson is recommending renovations that could include improving the restrooms and adding windbreaks. The cost for the upgrades will cost between $50,000 and $200,000 depending on how much Council wants to do. The Wiley/Wilson representative said the upgrades could be handled as a series of maintenance projects.

In other business, at Councilman Stacey Hailey’s suggestion, the town will give employees Christmas bonuses. Town finance director Sonia Jammes said they have money available from 10 vacancies that haven’t been filled. Jammes will work up figures and have them available to Council for its next meeting.

“If Council approves [bonuses] on Tuesday, we can cut the checks by Friday,” she said.

 

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