MERRIMAC – If the same residents who recently filled out the Merrimac Police Department’s survey on whether to build a new police station show up at Monday’s special Town Meeting, chances are decent the town will approve spending $500,000 to cover design and engineering costs for the project.
Fifty-four percent of those asked whether they would like to see the town build a new station at a cost that would not exceed $7 million said they would support the project.
If the town spends money just to repair and renovate the current station, built in the early 20th century, 76 percent of those taking the survey would support it.
The four-question survey was sent to residents in July, months after voters at April’s special Town Meeting turned down Article 7, which asked them to spend $15 million for the design, construction and equipping of a new police station and public works facility. The Public Safety Building would have been upgraded for use by the Fire Department.
But Article 7 failed to garner the necessary two-thirds vote and was defeated.
Based on the survey results, the town revised its plans and is now focusing on building a standalone police station. (Dave Rogers — Oct. 13, 2017 — Read More)