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Weston selectmen to discuss space needs study for police

weston-police-stationThe Weston police have identified an architect who may be appropriate for doing a space needs study for the department.

At its regular meeting, scheduled for tonight, Thursday, Dec. 6, the Weston Board of Selectmen will meet with Brian Humes of Jacunski Humes Architects of Berlin.

First Selectman Gayle Weinstein said earlier this week that the firm specializes in police facilities, and has a working knowledge of other departments in the area. It did work on an addition to the police station in Redding and worked on the police stations in Danbury and Woodbridge and on the EMS facility in New Canaan, she said.

There is $40,000 in this year’s capital budget for a space needs study for all of the town’s facilities, Ms. Weinstein said, and any work done to assess the needs of the police, emergency services, and communication facilities would be paid for from that.

North House

While the town originally intended to use part of the money for a parking study for a possible change of use of the North House portion of Hurlbutt Elementary School, Ms. Weinstein said Monday that parking study is “on hold until the Board of Ed tells us who will be occupying North House,” since that will determine the parking needs there.

The school board is in the process of deciding whether to turn over a portion of North House to the town for its use, with the idea that the Weston Senior Center might move from its current location in South House at Hurlbutt to the lower floor of North House.

There will be an informational meeting with school administrators about the North House proposal on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in the South House cafeteria at Hurlbutt.

No plans have been finalized, however, and decisions have yet to be made by the school board, which is expected to discuss the plan at its next meeting, Monday, Dec. 17.

“Everything is up the air right now,” Ms. Weinstein said, but, she added, “I don’t feel like we can hold up the PD anymore. It’s been how many years we’ve known we have to address this?”

The Police Commission was scheduled to discuss the space needs study at its meeting Tuesday, Dec. 4 (after The Forum’s press deadline — see next week’s issue for full coverage of that meeting), but Mr. Humes was not able to attend that meeting.

Ms. Weinstein said the selectmen will have their initial conversation with Mr. Humes, and the Police Commission will likely meet with him at its next meeting.

Any plans to move forward with a space needs study will also need to be brought to the Building Committee, the first selectman said.

The Board of Selectmen meets in the Meeting Room at Weston Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. In addition to being open to the public, the selectmen’s meetings are videotaped and shown on the town website, westonct.gov.

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