Selectmen Discuss Police Building, Library

met with Police Chief Andrew Shagoury this morning to hear his thoughts about a new police building. Chief Shagoury said he would prefer to wait and put more money into the police department facility capital reserve fund, rather than move for a warrant article at the next Town Meeting for the construction of a new facility. He noted that if the town has the money in hand to spend on a building project, then Town Meeting can authorize the expenditure with a 50% vote. However, if a loan is required, then a 2/3 vote will be required. A 2014 study concluded that a new, standalone police building would cost just over $1,000,000. The police department facility capital reserve fund had approximately $332,350.39 in it as of December 2015, and the 2016 Town Meeting authorized the addition of $50,000 to the fund, bringing the balance to approximately $382,350.39. (It is an interest bearing account, so the exact balance as of today will be slightly higher.)

Chief Shagoury said he did not think that expanding the current police offices at the town office would be a good idea. There wouldn’t be significant cost savings in his opinion and it would be difficult to have construction going on at the town offices. He would prefer a new building on a new location.

Selectman Carolyn Sundquist said that the new library building warrant would likely not come back for a vote at Town Meeting until 2018, so the police department facility capital reserve would have two more years of putting money away.

Selectman Lloyd Wood said that in his mind and many people’s the police building is linked to the library. Sundquist said she didn’t want to bring the warrant up without enough money in the capital reserve fund because the warrant would fail. My notes don’t tell me if she meant the warrant for the library or for the police building, but she stated twice during the meeting that she didn’t think the library would come back for a vote until 2018.

Wood said he very strongly would like the new police building to be located near the library and the elementary¬†school. He stated that when he was police chief in Auburn, New Hampshire, he worked two cases that involved the deaths of little girls. He feels that if the police building is close to the school and library it will send a message to “all the creeps, perverts, and pedophiles.” He said that was more his personal opinion than a statement as a selectman.

Discussion followed of whether there needed to be detailed building plans at this point. Selectman Bill Marcussen stated he didn’t think it made sense to have detailed plans before putting money away.

The general consensus was to put more money into the police department facility capital reserve fund over the next two years.

The selectmen also announced they will be attending the Ragged Island Association’s annual meeting tomorrow, July 9. They are meeting at the dock at 9AM.

Sundquist also alerted Marcussen and Wood that later this month they will need to discuss a memo sent to them by Clay Gallagher, the transfer station director, about cost-of-living increases in the budget for social security contributions to employees.

The selectmen had met for about thirty minutes in a non-public meeting prior to talking with Chief Shagoury. According to the agenda for the non-public portion of the meeting they were discussing “a legal issue.” After one point during the non-public meeting, Administrative Assistant Karen Koch left the room so that the selectmen could discuss an employee evaluation. Koch said she wasn’t sure if they were evaluating her or not. She also said she wasn’t sure if the selectmen wanted her to divulge the nature of the “legal issue” that they had been discussing. After about five minutes the selectmen called Koch back into the room for another five or so minutes before they opened the public portion of the meeting.

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Max Ledoux

Author: Max Ledoux

I've lived in Tuftonboro since 2014. I grew up in Lisbon Falls, Maine (the Moxie capital of the world). I run tuftonboro.net.

5 thoughts on “Selectmen Discuss Police Building, Library”

  1. Personally I feel our library is excellent and the staff very proficient & helpful. However, our police department does need a larger, up to date facility. Not to offend anyone BUT when in danger or in need, I will call our police department not the library.

  2. I agree, Maggie. I like our current library a lot.

    I am glad that the selectmen seem to be wanting to put more money into the reserve fund for the police building before bringing it for a vote, too.

  3. Max….was Elissa there? Was anybody from the Library there? Thanks for reporting on the meeting. It would seem the discussion leaned towards a new stand-lone Police Facility……..??? As usual, Lloyd’s comments…well those are way out there!!!

    Can you post up the Union Leader article about how he Police Chief Career ended up in Auburn. It certainly would not lead one to have a lot of confidence that anything Loyd might say has credibility!!!

  4. Elissa Paquette was not at the meeting, but I saw her at the library a short time later, when I stopped to pick up my copy of this month’s history book club (“Thirty Eight: The Hurricane That Transformed New England”). We’ll have to see if she writes about the meeting in next week’s Granite State News. If she does, it will be based on the minutes prepared by Administrative Assistant Karen Koch.

    I forgot to mention that the selectmen had a non-public meeting before talking to Chief Shagoury. I’ll add that to the post.

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