June 1 is move-in date for Scituate Police Station

June 1 is move-in date for Scituate Police Station

SCITUATE – Town Councilor David D’Agostino says everything is back on schedule at the Scituate Police Station, which will be completed by June 1.

D’Agostino, council liaison to the Police Station Building Committee, said issues discovered in March with the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system that set the work back several months are being addressed.

In March, the PSBC found no plans at the police station for HVAC in the cell or garage area. New plans were drafted that set the completion date back several weeks.

“It looks like everything is going as scheduled,” D’Agostino said.

D’Agostino said the carbon monoxide removal system in the garage will arrive in two weeks, and officers will not be able to use the garage until it is installed.

Town Council President Jim Brady said Emergency Management Director John Robinson is working on the final piece at the station, installing the radio communications system.

Brady said Robinson is busy with the coronavirus pandemic, and will transfer and set up the radio system in a “one-shot deal.”

“Things are looking pretty good,” Brady said.

Police Chief Donald Delaere said the move-in date is a long time coming. He said he thought the department would move into the new station several times since the station in Hope closed due to health and safety reasons in 2017.

He said he and the department are “very happy with the state-of-the-art building.”

“They deserve it, that’s for sure,” Delaere said.

Delaere said he is an “invested stakeholder” in the building and will love working in it.

D’Agostino gave the update during the May 14 council meeting. The council disclosed that the town came to a settlement with Tower Hill Electric. Tower Hill agreed to pay Scituate $50,000 in surety bonds for work at the new station.

No vote was made during executive session regarding other potential litigation stemming from the Department of Labor and Training’s prevailing wage lawsuits against Titan Construction and Arita Construction, said Town Council President Jim Brady.

The council also discussed contract negotiations with Delaere. Town Councilor Chuck Collins said he would recommend putting off negotiations until after the charter is voted on in November. He said if the charter is approved, Scituate voters will have approved a town manager. A manager should be allowed to negotiate contracts for town department heads.

“I don’t think it will be fair to give anyone a two-to-three-year contract before then,” Collins said.

Delaere, a Scituate resident, said he hopes to stay on as SPD chief for many years to come.

“I mean, I love the town of Scituate. I love the residents. I really like being in this town,” he said.