Norwell: Town seeks alternative solutions to police station problems, regional electric company may be in the future

Two weeks ago, Norwell residents sealed the fate of a new police station on Washington Street when they voted against the $5 million project again, but this time in a ballot vote. During the Board of Selectmen’s meeting Monday night, selectmen discussed alternative ways to handle the existing station needs. However the board is skeptical about how to handle the project after a surprising rejection by the community.

Selectman Ellen Allen proposed acting immediately by researching the current River Street station, but Chair John Mariano is treading lightly.

“We’re not here to say, ‘Well this is really the right thing to do and it’s too bad you didn’t agree with us,’” said Mariano.“Well that’s not what we’re saying. We’re talking about pricing a renovation on River Street which was essentially the alternative that’s been recommended by some key advisory board members and some people who agreed with them at town meeting,” said Allen.

Norwell selectmen agreed to have a joint meeting with the advisory board about future options for the police station before attempting to recover the current building.

They also discussed the possibility of joining the town of Pembroke in a regional municipal electric company. Recently, Pembroke has initiated the idea to regionalize with neighboring communities by asking selectmen to consider their offer.

Chair Mariano expressed the board’s approval of forming a joint electric company, “Certainly with all the discussions we had relative to the storm and National Grid, it would certainly make sense that we begin having these kinds of discussions because those questions are going to come up.”

Norwell selectmen voted to write a letter of interest in reply to Pembroke’s proposal. All three members were in support of the idea though Selectman Greg McBride stated he wants residents to understand there’s a long road ahead.

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.