Sandwich City Council votes down new police station funding

August 29, 2018 GMT

SANDWICH – By the slimmest of margins, City Council members rejected a motion to proceed with the renovation work for a new police station Monday evening.

The council vote, 4-3, capped a discussion about how the estimated $4.6 million project will be paid for.

Voting for approval of the contract with Harbour Contractors Inc. were Aldermen Richard Robinson, Kevin Kelleher and Cara Killey. Voting to against the contract were Aldermen Cheryl Chmielewski, William McMahon, Les Redden and Pete Dell.

Mayor Rick Olson said the issue can be brought up for another vote by any alderman who voted against it at a special meeting. If this is done, the city will be required to give the public 48 hours notice before the meeting could be held. 

Chris Kozak, vice president of Harbour Contractors, said bids must be accepted by Sept. 7 or they will be void.

The new police station is planned for the former Designed Stairs building at 1251 E. Sixth St. Built in 2002, the building has been vacant since 2009. The city bought the 17,000-square-foot structure and an adjoining two acres of undeveloped land for $480,000 in 2016.

– Lyle R. Rolfe

The present police station at 308 E. College St. has been overcrowded for years and cannot be expanded, so a new facility is needed, city officials have said.

Bids from more than 70 companies in 17 categories for the project were received and opened by Sandwich city and police officials July 11.

Olson and police Chief Jim Bianchi said at the time that they were pleased with the number of bids received for the project.