Norwell: Town updates, dispatch center ready to open and new police station plans begin

Norwell, Cohasset, Hingham, and Hull will finally begin the transition from their individual 911 dispatch centers to a new regional center. Norwell selectmen met Wednesday night and announced that the move to the new building is on schedule for August.

Selectmen Chair John Mariano believes that this regional center has created a ripple affect. “Now there are a lot of other communities that may join our dispatch or are now looking at forming some regional dispatch centers of their own,” said Mariano.

This multi-town project began in 2007 when the communities banded together in order to improve public safety and save money. A regional dispatch center could enhance 911 response times as a result of upgraded radio systems and improved communication between the four towns.  The new dispatch center will be located in Hingham.

Selectmen also announced that the Permanent Building and Maintenance Committee has narrowed down the list of possible architects for the new police station project. An architect could be chosen as early as this week.

Norwell residents voted during the last town meeting in May to hire an architectural firm to design a new station. Once an architect is on-board, costs will be finalized and a proposal will be presented to the community during the next town meeting.

Mariano is confident that the town will approve the proposed budget.

“Judging from last year’s town meeting where the issue was discussed, there seemed to be a good understanding by our residents that we are in need of new police station,” said Mariano.

The new station will be relocated to Washington Street.

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