Lyndeborough committee to study safety complex issue

LYNDEBOROUGH – For at least the third time, a committee has been named to look into “a safety complex or other option” to find a solution for fire and police department space problems.

The study, with funding of $5,000, was approved at Town Meeting in March with a charge to bring a recommendation back to the town meeting in two years.

The committee is to determine the best solutions for the space problems, where a new complex could be built, or if there are other options. Combining departments with Wilton was suggested by previous studies but never approved by the town.

Previous studies, done in 1999 and 2005, recommended a large addition to Citizens’ Hall for the Police Department, and a Fire Department sub-station in Lyndeborough Center. The recommendations were never officially acted on.

An orientation meeting was held prior to the regular selectmen’s meeting on May 27.

Challenges

Selectman Chairman Fred Douglas noted, “There are challenges in front of us, but something has to be done. Things will only get worse.”

Selectman Lee Mayhew added, “This study is quite important,” and he explained that both the Fire Department and Police Department do not have adequate space and a new fire truck will not fit in the current station.

The new committee will meet on June 4 to elect a chairman and a note taker, and organize into subcommittees.

‘Be conservative’

Douglas advised the members to be “conservative and be realistic,” and consider what the town can afford. “We have gone through this twice,” and the reports of the previous studies were given to the committee.

Members of the committee are Scott Roper (for the Budget Committee), John Pomer, Mark Chamerlain, Walter Holland, Bob Rogers, Wally Holt, Russ Gardianna, Andrews Roeper, and Selectman Mark Schultz.

Consultants available include Police Chief Rance Deware, Fire Chief Rick McQuade, Road Agent Kent Perry, and Emergency Management Director Carylyn McEntee.