Ashby has options for new police station - Sentinel & Enterprise

While a developer pursues plans to construct a new building on Main Street that could house the police station, town officials said they will be looking at a few other options -- including regionalization -- to determine the department's future home. Full Story
fitch

Fitchburg, MA

#1 Jan 16, 2011
Ashby could have bought this same building years ago and converted it to a police station, if they did'nt want it then, why would they want it now?
Nope

Fitchburg, MA

#2 Jan 16, 2011
fitch wrote:
Ashby could have bought this same building years ago and converted it to a police station, if they did'nt want it then, why would they want it now?
They would not be buying a building, they would be leasing it. And its not the existing building they would be leasing, its a new building that is larger and more appropriate for a police function.

As for regionalizing the police...NO WAY. This proposal to regionalize would eventually leave Ashby without police protection several days per week as Townsend increases the amount of money it is asking Ashby to contribute to the police service..just like they do with the school department. Not to mention Ashby would also lose out on income generated by the police department in the form of firearms license fees, warrant arrest fees, marijuana fees, report fees, and several others. Money taken in by these functions is deposited into the towns general fund. Ashby would lose that income. Then it would have to pay unemployment costs for at least 3 full time dispatchers, plus probably another full police officer. This is a bad idea and results in no real savings to the town, but does result in the gradual loss of services.
Awesome Idea

Gardner, MA

#3 Jan 25, 2011
Thanks to a man who invests his time and money back into the town he lives in ...we may have a great ending to a very on going dilemma ! Kudos!Cant wait for a restaurant in town as well!
Sticky

Worcester, MA

#4 Jan 30, 2011
Awesome Idea wrote:
Thanks to a man who invests his time and money back into the town he lives in ...we may have a great ending to a very on going dilemma ! Kudos!Cant wait for a restaurant in town as well!
I'm sure money has NOTHING to do with it..

Put the police in the Lyman building and be done with it!
Chef P

Gardner, MA

#5 Feb 5, 2011
The police need a station. The last committee did their due deligence to support a new station, but no one did the back up support for the costs.
The cost of heating the Lyman building ($6,000) could be offset by renting a new facility.
Darn Tootin from W Newton

Marlborough, MA

#6 Feb 7, 2011
Very interesting; the trailer was originally placed there to house a Kindergarden Classroom........with a background like that; no wonder someone came up with the idea to use it as the Police Station.......
Oh Bill

United States

#7 Feb 7, 2011
Darn Tootin from W Newton wrote:
Very interesting; the trailer was originally placed there to house a Kindergarden Classroom........with a background like that; no wonder someone came up with the idea to use it as the Police Station.......
Its not really a trailer, but it does need to be hauled away.

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