Town Facilities Plan
On October 1, 2007, the Board of Selectmen voted “to direct the Town Administrator to convene a working group of affected and support staff, together with the Permanent Building Committee, to bring back to the Board of Selectmen a comprehensive plan for siting of Town facilities, including the police, fire, parks and recreation, and council on aging, by January 15, 2008, for consideration at the 2008 Annual Town Meeting.” Those recommendations are summarized below, with updates.
UPDATE: New Police Headquarters Opens: Less than one year after breaking ground on November 21, 2008, the new Littleton Police Headquarters at 500 Great Road opened for business on October 28, 2009. A formal dedication ceremony was held on Sunday, December 6, 2009. On November 13, 2008, the PMBC voted to award the new police station construction contract to low bidder G&R Construction of Quincy, MA. November 4, 2008, voters approved a debt exclusion ballot question for the project. Town Meeting voters in 2008 authorized total borrowing of $6,585,308 for this project-- $300,000 to complete design, and $6,285,308 for construction. The amount to be expended for construction will only be $6,023,000-- $262,308 or 4.17% below budget.
1. Construct a new Police Station at the 500 Great Road site purchased for the purpose, and for which 90% design plans have already been developed. The estimated construction cost is $6,540,000. Supplemental design funds of $300,000 were approved at the May 5, 2008 Special Town Meeting, with a debt exclusion ballot question approved at the May 10, 2008 Annual Town Election by a vote of 802 yes, 497 no. A October 2008 construction bid opening is planned. Construction funding would be sought at an October 2008 Special Town Meeting, with a debt exclusion ballot question at the November 4, 2008 Presidential Election. Construction of the facility could be completed by Spring 2010. This supplemental $300,000 ($115,000 to complete design, $162,000 to produce construction documents, and $23,000 to bid out the project) would bring the total design cost to 9% of the construction total. See PowerPoint presentation. Read Chief Kelly's case for a new police station.
2. Retain the Fire Station at 20 Foster Street, a location that is closer to the department’s 42 volunteer firefighters than is 500 Great Road (on the “other side” of Interstate 495). To prolong the existing station’s useful life, an apparatus wing could be added for $2,500,000. Also, the Town should undertake energy efficiency upgrades to that building as part of a larger town-wide program using an energy performance contract (EPC) for capital improvements. At such future time as a new fire station is needed, the 500 Great Road site could accommodate it—although it is recognized that a full-time fire department would be required to staff a fire station at that location. The Town should continue to support its volunteer fire department for as long as possible, and so remain at 20 Foster Street for as long as possible.
3. Move the Park, Recreation & Community Education (PRCE) Department from the Shattuck Street Town Offices to the site at 20 Foster Street which the Police Department would vacate. The Permanent Municipal Building Committee estimates that the cost of a new facility at this location would be $1,191,000—an amount that would also require a debt exclusion. The project would commence upon completion of the Police Department’s move to its new facility in 2010.
4. Increase the Council on Aging’s space at the Shattuck Street Town Offices to 3,558 square feet-- as depicted in Option 4 of the September 2007 Feasibility Study prepared by Maugel Architects—by assigning COA the space PRCE would vacate in 2011.
5. Complete the Town Offices reconfiguration and roof repair projects, while also undertaking energy-related capital upgrades to the Town Offices and other Town facilities, including the schools. These upgrades could be accomplished through an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) with an Energy Service Company (ESCO) to purchase energy-saving improvements in buildings where the basis for payments is the performance level guaranteed in the contract.