Hundreds celebrate new Bow safety centerBy Melissa Proulx
Union Leader Correspondent
July 16. 2017 11:26PM
BOW — Hundreds came out to tour the new public safety center after the official ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“Really, this is a marvelous day,” Harry Judd, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said Thursday. “We got to this point through the work of a lot of people.”
Plans for a new building had been in the works for about two decades.
Officials wanted to construct a new building rather than renovate the current fire station, which would have had to be brought up to code.
Construction lasted almost a year after beginning last June; police, fire and emergency management personnel moved into their new shared home at Knox Road early this month.
Residents approved construction of the new building at the 2016 town meeting when they approved a roughly $3.5 million bond to pay for the project.
It’s a 15-year bond that has an interest rate of just over 2 percent.
The guided tours showed off the new, up-to-date features of the structure, which include the spacious apparatus bay for the fire equipment; bunk rooms; locker rooms; a sally-port for the police; and shared training and conference rooms, which the public will be able to use as well.
“At the end of the day, this is your building, the citizens of Bow,” Judd said.