OAKLAND — The new police station on Fairfield Street has been planned, built and unveiled, but the committee behind it doesn’t plan to dissolve.

“This is the first time that the town started from scratch, trying to build something of significant magnitude,” said Mike Willey, chairman of the facilities committee that spearheaded the project.

The results were a vastly improved station for the Police Department, more than $50,000 in savings on the initial budget and good feedback from residents.

The project’s success gives the committee confidence to go back to the town for future projects, he said, although those are probably a few years off.

The committee originally received an estimate of $1.085 million for the project but chose to challenge itself by asking the town for a budget of $1.05 million, Willey said. The project came in under budget by $56,581, he said.

Town Manager Gary Bowman said the town plans to use the savings to pay off a year of the loan for the project.

The facilities committee plans to look at the town’s other needs, starting with the fire station, which was built in 1955.

 


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