Westminster Will Use Funds for Public Safety Building Study
By Mina Corpuz
WESTMINSTER -- The Board of Selectmen will sign a state contract Monday to receive $50,000 for its public safety building feasibility study.
“We’re very pleased with this,” said Town Administrator Karen Murphy. “We think it will help us get a good study.”
The state funding will enable the town to do additional studies, like environmental surveys, if they are needed, she said.
Sen. Dean Tran, a Fitchburg Republican whose district includes Westminster, secured the money from the state’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget.
The contract authorizes the state to release the money to the town, Murphy said. Westminster will receive the funding at a later time, she said.
The town has prepared for the feasibility study by hiring a contractor and forming a public safety building committee, which includes the police and fire chiefs.
Members of the committee reviewed qualifications from five design firms and selected Tecton Architects from Connecticut, Murphy said.
That firm will look at the departments’ needs and how they would be reflected in a public safety building.
In the next few weeks, the town will sign a contract with the firm so it can begin its work, she said.
While the study goes on, the town is also looking at locations to see whether it could support a public safety building there.
The current public safety building, which is located next to Town Hall on South Street, is about 50 years old. An expansion onto the fire department about 20 years ago added space for the police department.
Former and current fire and police chiefs have advocated the need for a new building that can offer more parking, office space, storage, and better protection from fumes.
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