Acushnet Town Meeting gives initial approval for a new police station in the town, but the project still faces a town wide referendum early next year.  


Town Meeting approval came Monday night after nearly an hour of debate.  Police Chief Michael Alves said the new station will bring the department into compliance with accepted police practices.

Town officials said the new $5.2 million station would cost average Acushnet homeowner just over $87 per year in taxes, for the next twenty years.  While some voters complained about the cost, others like town resident Dennis Hudon supported the plan.

The police department is currently housed in the run down, 100 year old  Parting Ways building.  Chief Alves tells WBSM News, he'll use Facebook and Twitter to make a case for a new station.  He'll even conduct tours of the current station to make his point....

Chief Alves said there are contingences built into the project that could lower the cost even more.  The townwide referendum on the project will likely take place within 90 days.