Scituate: Public safety officials and seniors discuss municipal building master plan proposal

Scituate’s police and fire chiefs, along with members from the Council on Aging met with the town’s Public Facilities Master Plan Steering Committee recently to talk about upgrading their municipal buildings.

Police Chief Brian Stewart said that the 54 year old police station headquarters is in rough shape and needs to be replaced.

“The building is just not laid out properly. It makes it difficult. The holding cells are up on the second floor and we’re bringing people in on the first floor – and the traffic situation around the building – it just goes on and on!” Steward said.

Fire Chief Richard Judge said that a proposal to move fire station 3 to a more northerly location on Route 3A, would allow better response times for Scituate’s Minot area.

“By moving the current station further north on 3A, it would decrease our response time to the Minot area and the end of Clapp Road”, the fire chief explained.

Scituate’s Council on Aging director became extremely emotional, as she described the dire need for a new senior center.

“As you can see, I am very, very attached to this problem. I’ve been dealing with it for a number of years. I know that there are all kinds of things in the community that are needed. I understand that people today have less money than they ever did. We are not looking for the Taj Mahal. We are looking for the basics”.

The steering committee is planning a tour of the town hall, the police station and fire station, before they present the master plan before annual town meeting next month.

About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.