Buxton police addition under way

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The addition at Buxton Police Department is pictured as it looked on Nov. 21. The Planning Board at its meeting Nov. 27 approved the 1,680-square-foot project.

The addition at Buxton Police Department is pictured as it looked on Nov. 21. The Planning Board at its meeting Nov. 27 approved the 1,680-square-foot project.

BUXTON — Construction of an addition to the Police Department at Town Hall is well underway but progress outpaced the permitting process.

The project Monday received the OK from the Planning Board that 5-0 rubber-stamped it. Town officials apparently failed to recognize that Planning Board approval was necessary because of zoning.

A building permit could not be issued without approval from the Planning Board.

“We made a mistake,” Selectman Cliff Emery told planners Monday. “We’re here to correct it.”

No one except Emery spoke during the public hearing.

After the meeting, Emery said town hall is in a residential zone. “We wanted to be held to the same standard as everybody else,” Emery said.

The 1,680-square-foot addition more than doubles the police portion of Town Hall, Emery said before the meeting. The project, which Emery said is an addition and not a new building, went through the Maine Department of Environmental Protection permitting process.

A measure passed at the June town meeting authorized spending up to $450,000 for the project. The town borrowed the money from a bank.

Great Falls Construction of Gorham is the contractor.

Planning Board Chairman Jeremiah Ross asked Emery about the project’s progress. Emery said all internal walls are in and a plumber was at work in the building Monday morning.

With temperatures dipping, Emery said exterior brickwork would be delayed until spring. The addition is designed to match the brick facade of Town Hall.

“It should flow with what exists now,” Emery said.

Robert Lowell can be reached at 854-2577 or rlowell@keepmecurrent.com