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Don't let police plans become East Lyme political football

It's election season and it’s unfortunate, and unfair, to our first response community and Police Department that the new Public Safety Building is being wielded as a political cudgel by some, for the sake of a few votes.

It’s very early in the process and the Vision Committee and the architects are fully aware of the needs of the department and the budget. The $5.8 million figure being bandied about was basically a brand new building within the one the town purchased − complete with a covered parking lot − and never seriously considered. Even the architects agreed it was simply a preliminary wish list, not a serious cost estimate. Both the Vision Committee and the architects have complete confidence that we can deliver a final product that meets the needs of the police and the town on time and on budget.

First Selectman Mark Nickerson has been doing a fantastic job with this project. There are many people working very hard, investing a lot of time, talent and energy to bring it to a successful result for the town. Let’s not turn it into a political football.

Daniel Price

Chairman, East Lyme Police Commission

Vice Chair East Lyme Public Safety Building Committee

East Lyme

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