$5.7M OK'd for new public safety building.


Byline: Karen Nugent

BOLTON - Bolton's finest will be moving down the road a piece, following approval of nearly $6 million in debt exclusions yesterday for a new public safety building with a training room.

The $5.7 million request for the building, which will house the Police, Fire and Ambulance departments, passed by a vote of 287-156 in the special election.

A second ballot question, requesting $270,000 for the training center, was approved 282-161, bringing the total price tag for the station to nearly $6 million.

The training center will also serve as a public meeting room, or an emergency response center in the event of a crisis. Officials during the campaign for the room pointed out that with two state highways and an interstate crossing through Bolton, serious accidents and criminal activity are not uncommon.

The building, actually an addition, will be constructed off Wattaquadock Hill Road, where the fire station stands.

Police Chief Vincent C. Alfano, who was at Town Hall along with a firefighter and several members of the ambulance crew when the results were tallied last night, said the new station will be on town-owned land attached to the fire station, which he described as a good, solid building.

The chief said parts of the station would be updated and used for administrative duties.

Chief Alfano attributed the nearly 2-1 passage of the debt exclusion to "a lot of hard work put in by a lot of people."

Out of 3,046 registered Bolton voters, 343 cast votes in yesterday's election. Election Warden Alice Roemer said the polls were fairly quiet most of the day.

Town meeting voters approved both items on Nov. 5, but they were contingent on passage at yesterday's election.

The $6 million loan will likely be taken out for 20 years.

According to the town's Advisory Committee, the building and training room will cost the average homeowner an...

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