Police Station Presentation: Short in Public, Long in Private

Selectmen met for 45 minutes in executive session on the new Police Station, but only five minutes in public.


Like the proverbial iceberg, the Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator met in executive session Wednesday night for about 45 minutes on the police station building construction for what the agenda stated was "discussing strategy with respect to litigation."

The public presentation lasted about five minutes. Patrick Jones, the chairman of the Police Station Building Committee, turned the public presentation over to Gregory Carell with The Carrell Group Architects and Sean Burke with PMA Consultants, who said the construction on the building is progressing.

Carell said the new building at 531 Humphrey St. should be fully enclosed by January. Windows and the roofing for the building will be installed in the next few weeks.

Burke said the contractor, TLT Construction, is about 20 days behind schedule and is expected to complete the building by mid-March.

Board Vice Chairman David Van Dam, who had asked for the presentation, thanked the building committee. "This is not an easy task," he said.

No other board member commented publicly on the police station.

It was unclear why the lengthy executive session was needed. To date, there is no law suit involving the construction of the new police station.


David Arsenault November 15, 2012 at 09:37 PM
maybe it's a case of kickback
Dave Arsenault's Basement November 16, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Lawsuits? Lawsuits? Dang, there must be lawyers around here, somewhere! If only we knew where to find one...
Steve Iannaccone November 16, 2012 at 06:10 AM
William: No I don't think we're getting our money's worth. I've checked out that site multiple times. The site is easily flooded with rainwater. Maybe the prisoners will be taught to swim while incarcerated.
William R. DiMento November 19, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I guess I should not bother worrying about what is happening with the new police station and trust the committee.I tried to get some discussion going about the possible violation of the open meeting law and quality of construction and all I get is comments about kickbacks and prisoners swimming.I will try to use the legal process to find out if there was a valid reason for the executive session.
David Arsenault November 19, 2012 at 04:26 PM
That's because this town treats it's residents like subjects. Look at this discussion that went on during a Wed. night meeting. Now the time is being used to discuss how to keep the royal shoe sole clean. http://swampscott.patch.com/articles/should-citizens-report-dog-waste-violators We cannot say what's going on because our concerns are ignored It is only about the Monarchy wants. We peasents will be left in the dark and left to swim in our own flooded streets.


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