A public information session is being held tonight in Bethel by the Police Commission. A new, less expensive plan for a new police station will be presented. The original proposal was rejected by voters in December. The $13.7 million proposed project is about $400,000 less than the plan for a 25,000 square foot facility at the corner of Judd Avenue and Whittlesey Drive.
The Police Commission does not plan to vote on forwarding the proposal during tonight's meeting at 7pm at Bethel Town Hall.
The original proposal was for a building three times the size of the current Police Station. The proposed site is 8 acres near Bethel High School. The current building was constructed in 1974, expanded in 1989 and does not comply with Federal Emergency Management Agency standards or environmental regulations. Bethel now has 37 officers, 8 dispatchers, two clerks, 11 ranked officers and two civilian employees.
Police officials say the estimated price is not based on bids, which they say could come in even lower.