NORWAY – The Board of Selectmen heard a presentation on the evening of February 7 to discuss a proposed renovation and expansion of the town office building.

Town Manager Dennis Lajoie and architect Richard McSherry led the presentation, which reviewed the current state of the town office building and what they wished to do to renovate it.

The municipal complex houses several departments and offices, including the police and fire departments, offices for the assessor, code enforcement officer, general assistance, the water district, parks and recreation, and dedicated space for the town manager, counter clerk and payroll clerk.

Lajoie said that the current building was built in 1989, and while the 30-year old building has held up, there are several deficiencies that Lajoie and other department heads are looking to fix.

He said that the building has an undersized area for the police department, with no interview space for police to interview people, no dedicated storage space, no garage to park cruisers or store tires, speed signs, cones and other materials, and no dedicated space for evidence materials.

The phone wiring at the town office is also “outdated,” according to Lajoie.

The proposed new municipal complex would convert the current community and recreation space to a new police department, and would convert the old police department into a new community space.

A two-story, three bay garage would also be built to house two patrol cruisers, an evidence and locker room and other storage.

Other proposed changes to the building include the addition of a generator and the expansion of the safe.

The project is set to go out to bid between July 1 and Nov. 30 if residents approve the project at the June 17 annual town meeting.

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