New West Tisbury Police station plans well received

West Tisbury police chief Dan Rossi explained the need for a new station. — Photo by Tony Omer

Preliminary plans for a new West Tisbury police station were unveiled at a public forum on Thursday, Feb. 9. The proposed station would be located behind the public service building on State Road across from Conroy’s Apothecary where the meeting was held.

Thirty-five people, including most of the police force in uniform, heard presentations from the West Tisbury police station building committee chairman Norman Perry, police chief Dan Rossi, and Joe Sullivan, project manager from Daedalus Projects and the architects.

After a brief project introduction by Mr. Perry, Chief Rossi displayed a slide show of pictures of the current station. He pointed out the inadequate office space, lack of storage and the shortage of parking as some of his major concerns.

Architects Antonia Kenny and John Keenan presented diagrams and a model of the proposed building. They outlined the plans and answered questions from the floor. They predicted that if the town approves the money required for the project the finished plans could be ready in 2013 and by 2014 they would be ready to build.

There were a couple of coughs and clearing of throats from the back of the room when the estimated cost of the project was mentioned, $2.5 to $2.8 million.

Mr. Perry pointed out that this was just the first of several planned forums to seek community input for the project. He said he was pleased by the meeting.

“There was good input and good questions that showed that the people were listening,” Mr. Perry said. He added that there will be an article on the April town meeting ballot to release the remaining design stage funds, $85,000, to allow the project to continue.