April 26, 2018
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Township moves into renovated public safety building

By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff

INDIAN TOWNSHIP — Tribal officials cut the ribbon Thursday on the township’s newly renovated and expanded public safety building.

Funded through state and federal grants, the project included a 53-foot by 35-foot expansion that added 1,200 square feet of space to the existing building. That space will provide new sleeping quarters and a training area for the township’s Fire Department, which will make it easier for firefighters to respond to emergency calls, according to Bob Tyler, the tribal planner.

“First and foremost, this is going to improve the response time for the fire department and the EMT folks,” Tyler said Thursday.

The project also included a new roof on the building and a complete renovation of the Police Department, he said.

“The Police Department and dispatch area were completely gutted and done over,” he said.

Police officers and dispatchers have been housed in rental trailers since construction work began in April.

The project was funded through grants from the federal government and the state. The township received $295,000 through a USDA Rural Development Community Facility Grant, which also required $135,000 in matching funds from the township. The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development also provided $350,000 through Community Development Block Grant Recovery Act funds.

Firefighters already were moving into their new quarters on Thursday, according to Tyler. The Police Department was waiting for its communication equipment to be moved from the trailers, but Tyler said officers expected to be back in the renovated facility today or early next week.

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