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Palmer residents to vote on new police station

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On June 12, Palmer residents will vote on a debt exclusion for the construction of a $7.4 million police station.

Police Chief Robert Frydryk is opening the station to any resident who'd like to see for themselves why police want a new facility.

The current station was built in 1964. It's a 2,300-square-foot facility attached to Town Hall.  Around 1,000 square feet of the police station are located in a trailer that was added as a temporary fix more than a decade ago.

Officials say the trailer had a life span of five years and now in its 11th year at Palmer police headquarters, signs of deterioration are visible.

Floor tiles are cracked. Sections of the trailer are beginning to separate. Other sections have settled so doors do not lock on occasion, according to Frydryk. 

As Frydryk showed CBS 3 cameras, he said that the actual building that was finished in the 1960's is extremely outdated and inefficient for daily police work. 

If residents pass the $7.4 million dollar proposal, Palmer Town Manager Charles Blanchard said that the average taxpayer would pay an estimated $130 annually. That amount would decrease over the 20-year loan. Blanchard said in year 20, taxpayers would pay the last annual fee of $75.

Click here for the town of Palmer's website for more information about finances and the police station proposal.

Officials will hold three public hearings where residents can see the police station conditions.  Members of the public are invited to attend on May 23, May 30 and June 6.  Also, officials will hold an open house at the police station on Memorial Day from noon to 4 p.m.

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