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Joyce Endee

Tilton committee will focus on police station

LSBC seeks two members

April 07, 2010
TILTON — The Life Safety Building Committee will focus on a police station, not a joint police/fire station, in the coming year.

Tilton selectmen's representative Pat Consentino told the board last week that at the committee's first meeting since Town Meeting, several members of the public spoke in favor of studying potential locations for just new police station, and not life safety building.

"It was quite a crowd," Consentino said. "A lot of people wanted us to focus on a police station."

Selectman Katherine Dawson said she attended the meeting as a resident and not as a selectman, and she asked the committee to look at the Business Park Drive building again to see if it would be viable for just a police station.

"They did say they would do due diligence and look again," Dawson said.

Consentino said that after public discussion, the committee had a "lengthy discussion" on whether to focus on a life safety building or on a police station. She said it was not unanimous, but the decision was to focus on the police station.

The committee also talked about which members were willing to stay on for another year. Two people have stepped down, and although two people were recommended to Town Moderator Chuck Mitchell, he is still soliciting applicants from other Tilton residents to give everyone a fair shot. The first person recommended is Tom Gallant, who has served on the committee for the past year but has not been a voting member. The second is Joseph Jesseman, who recently wrote a letter to the editor asking that the committee stick to a police station concept.

"After spending tens of thousands of dollars and a very potential loss of nearly half a million dollars on the building we already own, the town has nothing to show. The LBSC is still out there doing its best to look out for the best interests of the town, but I assure you they do not represent my interests," Jesseman wrote.

Jesseman attended the selectmen's meeting Thursday.

"I want to help," he said.

Anyone interested in serving on the Life Safety Building Committee, which meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, should contact Mitchell by email at moderator@tiltonnh.org, or in writing to Town Moderator (LSBC), 257 Main Street, Tilton, NH 03276. Interested parties have until April 15 to submit either an email or a letter of interest to serve on this committee.

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