MERRIMAC — Voters at a Special Town Meeting overwhelmingly approved $500,000 on Monday night to cover the design and engineering costs for a new police station.
The proposal required approval from two-thirds of the voters present. Moderator Robert Bender said the total votes counted were 170 for the expenditure and 17 against.
“I am very pleased, over the top,” Police Chief Eric Shears said Tuesday. “It has been a long road trying to get this going. This building has been inadequate for a long period of time and I’m very happy we garnered the support of our community.”
Shears, also a Merrimac resident, informed the audience at Sweetsir School of his department’s need for a new home.
The current building was constructed in either the late 1800s or nearly 1900s, according to Shears. The building originally housed the Massachusetts Northeast Trolley and Bus Co., served as a storage facility for construction equipment in the 1960s, and housed a casket-making company in the early 1970s. (Jim Sullivan — Oct. 17, 2017 — Read More)