A Public Hearing has been held in Bethel about funding for a proposed police station. It's a $13.49 million bond proposal for the corner of Judd Avenue and Dodgingtown Road. First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says the cuts after the failed vote in December came mostly from changes in material for the building, and a smaller parking lot.
Knickerbocker says the facility will blend with the neighborhood and will be barely visible from the road. He notes that it will not impact the education park, but police would be next door to provide additional security if needed. He says the land is not in the educational park. The property was set aside decades ago for future town use, not school use.
On December 8, a formal Town Meeting will be held. A vote could then be taken December 17.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies has renewed the voluntary accreditation for the Bethel Police Department for four more years. A visit was made in August to assess the department's policies, management, operation and support services.