Limited space in Norwell is causing yet another problem for selectmen who are trying to resolve the police station problem.
Earlier this month, Norwell residents voted down building a new $5 million police station, however building conditions still need to be addressed. Wednesday night, the board of selectmen discussed investigating original numbers for a renovation of the current River Street station.
Police Chief Ted Ross pointed out to selectmen the lack of available free space for trailers during a renovation. Construction could push Norwell detainees to other town jails and cause unexpected costs, such as overtime, in doing so, “Without speaking for the other chiefs, I can say if they were asking me I certainly wouldn’t tie up our resources for their arrests and their problems. My opinion, without talking to any of them, is we’re going to have to put our man power over in their stations to handle our problems.”
Selectman Ellen Allen persisted that a plan needs to be created promptly about a temporary relocation for the Norwell police department in order to move forward.
Chief Ross explained to selectmen that multiple vacant positions are causing an excessive amount of overtime. He asked for permission to hire two patrol officers due to a resignation and retirement.
But he also asked for a provisional sergeant to fill a day shift which is currently being covered through overtime. Chief Ross explained the financial risk Norwell selectmen face if his request is not approved, “Projected overtime costs if we don’t fill this is about $35,000 for the end of the year.”
Norwell selectmen voted to fill all three available positions.
Norwell Police Chief Ted Ross