Kensington couple to donate $300k for project
Police Chief Mike Sielicki said the Lewis family of Kensington offered to make the donation if the project is approved.
Alan and Harriet Lewis are known for their charitable giving and have donated to other local projects in the past. Alan Lewis most recently purchased Exeter's historic Ioka theater at auction in 2011 in hopes of reopening it as a community-run theater.
Supporters of the new building hope the donation from the Lewises makes the project more appealing to voters.
The 5,600-square-foot building would replace the building that once housed the town offices and police department.
Police have been working out of a rented trailer in a town parking lot with no running water or restrooms. The town office staff relocated to a commercial building where the town also rents space.
Selectman Kevin Rosencrantz urged voters to support the project.
According to Sielicki, officers must use restrooms at a nearby church or the fire station. The town also rents four offsite storage trailers used by the police department.
Sielicki said building a new facility for both police and town office employees makes sense because this year the town will have to spend $56,000 in rental fees and other expenses for the police trailer and town office space.
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