At the Orleans Town Meeting on Monday, May 11, residents will be asked to fund an architectural and engineering design plan for a new police station. A "yes" vote on Article 7 would approve funding in the amount of $670,000.
Orleans police are inviting residents to tour the current police station before the town meeting. Tours have been set for 10 a.m. on Monday, April 27, 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28 and 12:30 p.m. at Saturday, May 2. Watch a video tour of the station produced by the Orleans Police Department below.
The current Orleans Police Station on Route 28 was built in 1966 originally as a combined police and fire station. In 1989 the facility became a dedicated police station. Work was done in 2006 to remedy health and safety issues and in 2008 a study was done to identify deficiences in the facility's safety, security and structure. A Police Station Building Committee was appointed by selectmen in November 2014. An architectural firm was hired to do a peer review of the 2008 study and determine if the best course of action would be to renovate, renovate/add on, demolish and build new or a combination of the three.
The peer review determined that the most cost effective option for the town would be to demolish the current station and build a new one.
Both the Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee members voted unanimously to fund the new design plan.
The Town Meeting and Special Town Meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 11 at Nauset Regional Middle School. Review the warrant here.