HAMPSTEAD – The deficit resulting from the new police station construction project will be covered by money found in Town department budgets. Department heads stepped forward and provided the Board of Selectmen with money they could scrounge from their current budgets to offset the $20,000 to $30,000 deficit.
With help from contractor Gary Chicone, the Police Building Committee attempted to squeeze every penny as the project moved along to stay within the approved $1,680,000 budget. But it came up short after an unexpected overage occurred in removing the ledge at the site. The building is almost ready for its opening.
The board of selectmen reported a shortfall of $28,000 for the station project. Selectman Rick Hartung wanted to raise a minimum of $30,000 but the effort was aimed at reducing the known deficit.
Department heads led by Fire Chief Michael Carrier offered money from their budgets. Carrier said he could find $5,000, Road Agent Jon Worthen said he could add $6,000, Kris Emerson of Building and Enforcement and Health added $7,750, Jeff Dowd said the Zoning Board of Adjustment could add $2,500, and speaking for recreation, said another $2,500 could be provided. The Town Clerk put in $1,200, Property Liability Insurance contributed $3,800, and Animal Control provided $500.
That totals $29,250 and covers the deficit.
The Board of Selectmen and the Budget Committee members in attendance at the Wednesday, Oct. 8 meeting commented on the cooperative effort of the Town.
Carrier then stepped forward and said the new station shouldn’t open without a generator. He and Worthen had worked out a deal whereby a generator could be obtained via a lease-purchase agreement over a five-year period. The first payment could be addressed in the upcoming budget and the cost of installation could be addressed by the money left in the old police building maintenance and repair line that has not been used this year. The selectmen voted to approve this proposal.