The rapidly deteriorating property at 20 East St. has been empty since the Youth Center Inc. moved its operation to the former Cheshire School that was closed as part of the district's consolidation in 2017.
A portion of the Fire Department roof had collapsed during the summer prompting the town to seek an $85,000 reserve fund transfer to make the emergency repairs and rebuild the section of the roof. A special town meeting granted this transfer earlier this month.
The town voted to fund the renovation of the Police Station but will also consider a feasibility study for a new station in the future.
At a special town meeting Tuesday, voters approved transferring $13,00 from other accounts to pay for the renovations Selectmen Robert Ericson has undertaken. But, that wasn't without a push to use those funds instead for a feasibility study for a new station.
A special town meeting will ask voters for approval to fund renovations to the police station, restore the cupola on town hall, and switch the regular town meeting to Saturday, among other topics.
The special town meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23 at 6 p.m. to vote on 10 articles. Three of the articles asks to move money around for the police station renovation, a project already done but is missing a source of funds.
The Board of Selectmen are once again looking to privatize the ambulance service.
The town had sought to help the service by hiring an emergency medical technicians to work in the Highway Department, giving the town coverage during the day because the workers could leave to take ambulance calls. The town hired two and for a while, it was working out well.