For Immediate Release
Monday, March 13, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Merrimac Public Safety Building Committee to Hold Public Meetings
Discussion of Progress Toward the Development of Town Services Buildings
MERRIMAC — The Merrimac Public Safety Building Committee will hold two public meetings to update members of the community on the progress being made toward the development and renovation of buildings that are expected to serve the needs of virtually all of Merrimac’s town services for the next century.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7 p.m. (Public hearing and presentation)
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7 p.m. (Presentation during Merrimac Candidates Night)
Merrimac Town Hall, Upstairs
2 School St, Merrimac, MA 01860
- Eric M. Shears, Chief of Police
- Ralph Spencer, Fire Chief
- Mr. Robert Sinibaldi, DPW Director
- Mr. Richard LeSavoy, Finance Committee Chairman
- Mr. Mark Tocci, Building Committee
- Mrs. Carol McLeod, Finance Director
- Mr. Rick Pinciaro, Former Selectmen / Capital Planning Committee
- Mrs. Laura Mailman, Former Selectmen / Senior Center Director
In August 2015, HKT Architects Inc. was selected by the Town of Merrimac to conduct a feasibility study for the Merrimac Public Safety Complex located at 16 East Main St.This work included a review of existing facilities, an evaluation of safety and functional aspects of the building, programming for the Police, Fire, Emergency Services, Intermediate Ambulance Service and Public Works departments, and a review of several off site locations as possible locations for new structures.
The resulting 481-page study is a comprehensive look at all of these items. The town has also received a donation of land that has been found to be suitable for the construction of the town’s first standalone police station and a modern public works facility.
The town’s current facilities have outlived their expected lifespans and can no longer support Merrimac’s emergency and public works departments.
The Public Safety Building Committee is recommending a new joint police/public works facility to be built at 106 West Main St. and a renovated fire department at the current 16 Main St. site, with the old police department section being torn down due the fact that the structure is failing and sinking into the ground, among other deficiencies.
The Merrimac Capital Planning Committee unanimously voted to support the work of the committee, and earlier this month the Merrimac Finance Committee also voted unanimously voted to support the committee’s work.
All are welcome, and the committee members hope members of the public will come to hear about the work and ask questions!