To The Daily Sun,
I am writing today in support of the renovation and expansion of the police station in Gilford.
Anyone who has toured the station knows it is cramped, crowded, poorly laid out, and in no way compliant with national police standards. Its original design was seriously flawed, and since then the changes made to accommodate present-day police operations have made it more so. Both officer safety and the safety of the public within the present station have been compromised due to the need to cram more people and more equipment into a space never designed to handle it.
I was a member of the Facilities Planning Committee that generated the proposal and plans for the renovation and addition to the station presented to the people of Gilford in 2009. I know the problems with the present station intimately (they've only gotten worse since 2009). I and the other members of the committee dealt with the planning and design details of the station renovation/addition back then, which met the present and future needs of the Police Department.
The design put forth for 2014 is a modified version of the original one from 2009, with some changes to the layout and workflow within the station that make it work even better than the 2009 design. The modifications also include the use of a traditional heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system.
With a price tag even lower than the one we presented in 2009, I doubt we'll find a more cost-effective solution to solve the problem that is our present-day Gilford Police Station. So that begs the question: If not now, when?
Will we wait until an event occurs that causes harm to our police officers or to the members of the public before we do something about the deplorable condition of our police station? Or will we vote to fix the problem once and for all?
Dale Channing Eddy