Several residents, however, had questions and concerns about the new police station on Simonds Road, and town meeting voters heard from both the town manager and the chief of police before authorizing the $5 million bond by a voice vote. This vote also wasn't unanimous.
More than a century ago, volunteers built the Police Station.
Over time volunteers stepped up to renovate it. Now, Selectmen Robert Ericson has been working toward doing that again, especially in the face of the officer's union issuing multiple formal complaints about the building.
The town's police officers want an improved working environment.
The police officer's union, Lanesborough Police Officers Association MassCop, Local 390, wrote to the Board of Selectmen saying the station is "unsafe and unprofessional."
State Sen. Adam Hinds is asking the state to help in designing a new city police station.
A capital bond bill is currently making its way through the Legislative process and Hinds has filed an amendment for $4 million to design the new station. The city has been eying a police station for years- including hiring a consultant to perform a feasibility study was conducted to identify possible locations and craft a conceptual outline of what the building would require.
Voters OK’d the $300,000 acquisition of .42 acres on Simonds Road (U.S. Route 7), including the building that used to be the Turner House for veterans.
When the non-profit Turner House announced its plan to suspend operations, the town in October 2016 the site as a potential site to replace the crowded and inadequate home for the Williamstown Police Department at Town Hall.
The Finance Committee voted unanimously to support the plan of local school officials to expand the Mount Greylock Regional School District and the proposed purchase of a Simonds Road property for a new police station — questions likely to be posed to the town at a special town meeting on Nov. 14.
The town took its first steps toward moving its police station and a non-profit recreation center received a season alcohol licence.
In the case of the town, it is a planned renovation and addition to the Turner House veterans home on Simonds Road, which the board agreed on Monday to sign an option to purchase for up to $300,000.
If the Public Safety Building Study Committee has its way, it may not be the Public Safety Building Study Committee much longer.
The panel Tuesday decided to ask the Board of Selectmen to give the committee a new focus: developing a plan for a new police station.