Deerfield officials eye land for new public safety complexBy Melissa Proulx
Union Leader Correspondent
September 17. 2017 8:32PM
DEERFIELD — Efforts are underway to find a new home for the town’s police department within the next few years.
The Board of Selectmen is looking at a plot of town-owned land at the intersection of Route 43 and Route 107. The 11-acre property abuts Freeses Pond Road.
At their Sept. 26 meeting, selectmen hope to have information on how much it will cost to clear the land as well as some specifics about the proposed building, such as size and construction costs.
Selectmen hope once this information is collected it will give them a clearer idea of whether to go forward developing plans for the land or to look elsewhere in town.
“We’re going to have to move rather quickly to have anything done on this next year,” said Board of Selectmen Chairman Stephen Barry.
“I wanted to get it started, and I need ideas.”
Barry said he hopes the town can put a fire station on the site as well, since the size of the land would allow for that.
“There is even room to move the entire highway department and all the equipment in that area,” Barry said. “We could even make a boat launch there in the far, far future.”
The Safety Services Steering Committee spent a year looking into the condition of the current police and fire departments, and the need to either renovate or rebuild. The committee received a report at the beginning of the year from New Hampshire Listens, a civic engagement group based out of the University of New Hampshire, outlining the discussion held at a community meeting on the issue in November 2016.
“The most significant (finding) is the status quo is not an option,” said Rebecca Hutchinson, who chaired the steering committee.
“There was not a single person at that meeting who thought we can do nothing. People were really convinced we have some serious problems.”