Littleton Police Celebrate Their New Home
October 08, 2009
LITTLETON—After almost 40 years of planning, moving from place to place, and repeated proposals and votes at Town Meeting, the Littleton Police Department celebrated the official opening of the new police facility on West Main Street with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on Friday.
Dignitaries, including State Senator John Gallus and Grafton County Councilor Ray Burton, visitors, and townspeople formed a crowd numbering around 100 outside the new facility Friday afternoon. A piece of police crime-scene tape stretched across the entrance. Mike Doucette, Chairman of the Construction Committee greeted the crowd as the Master of Ceremonies for the event, saying that Friday, "marked a new day for the Littleton Police Department."
"This is not just a building," Doucette added, "But a place of security for the people of this town."
Bob Green, Clerk of the Works for the project, gave the crowd details of the construction project, and commended the project's contractor, Bonnette, Paige, and Stone.
A letter of congratulations from Congressman Paul Hodes was read to the crowd and presented to Chief Smith by Trevor Chandler, of Hodes's office. Smith also received a similar letter from the office of Senator Judd Gregg.
Grafton County Councilor Ray Burton told those assembled that the new facility was a commendation to all involved in its planning and construction. "You've done your work and done it well," he added.
"This project is a shining example of the community bonding together," Smith said. "One of the challenges you face," intoned Littleton Town Manager Chuck Connell, "is being able to thank everyone responsible."
To the people of Littleton he said, "This is your building."
Following the closing prayer by Rev. Mac Starring, former Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Burt Ingerson came forward to cut the ribbon, the aforementioned police tape, amid enthusiastic applause.
At Town Meeting in March of 2008, the citizens of Littleton voted to raise and appropriate the sum of $1.879 million in order to construct a stand-alone facility for the Police Department, thereby putting to rest efforts by to either locate the department back in the old Littleton Town Building/Opera House or to continue renting part of the old hospital building on Cottage Street to the tune of almost $10,000 per month.
During the construction, Chief Smith was able to procure approximately $67,354 in additional funds in order to offset or fund the purchase and installation of an emergency generator, furniture, a security and access system, and an updated phone system.
Following the ribbon-cutting, the facility was opened for an open house with police department members serving to answer questions and explain the new facility. State Representative Rusty Bulis said that the project was a superb example of democracy in action.
"When you reflect on the amount of time, the number of meetings, and even a referendum vote that was held," Bulis said, "You realize that, you know, the system works and that's what makes this country great."