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Goffstown police submit CIP request

GOFFSTOWN — Police chief Robert Browne presented the Capital Improvement Project Committee with a request for four replacement vehicles, operations center renovations and an HVAC upgrade Thursday night.

Topping the CIP list are four Ford police SUV interceptors costing $37,186 each. The price difference between the sedan model and the SUV is about $1,800, but Browne said the return on investment is worthwhile in terms of space allowance.

Cost, use and officer comfort were considered when making the choice, Browne said.

The current vehicles are in use 24 hours a day and show wear and tear in excess of their actual mileage, Browne said.

“We’ve seen an increase in mileage on our vehicles and we’ve also seen an increase in maintenance costs,” he said.

Browne also requested $83,000 to renovate a training room and emergency operations center. The current Emergency Operations Center is a room where desks are pushed together, phone lines hang from ceiling tiles and road closures are monitored on a white board, Browne said. The requested funds would be used to construct a combination emergency operations and training room with multiple white boards, permanent tables, remote communications and work stations. Other funding methods are also being sought, Browne said.

Browne also requested $41,040 to address safety concerns that may arise with the new Parks and Recreation facility being built adjacent to the current police department shooting range.

The department uses the range at least nine times a year, including some night training exercises, he said. The department is looking at options to relocate the shooting range further away from the new Parks and Recreation facility.

“The worst-case scenario to construct a solidly built, safe outdoor range is going to be in the $41,000 range,” Browne said.

The last request on the list was $26,201 to upgrade the department’s HVAC unit. The department is the leading user of energy in the municipality and the new system will bring it in line with other departments, Browne said.

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