ASHLAND — Town Manager Michael Herbert and Police Chief Craig Davis report that the Town of Ashland’s Public Safety Building Committee held its inaugural meeting last week.
The meeting on Monday, Sept. 17 was the first session for the all-volunteer group, which is tasked with exploring the future infrastructure needs of the Ashland Police and Fire Departments prior to providing guidance on the development of a combined public safety complex.
“Last week’s meeting was one of the first steps in what will be a thoughtful and inclusive discussion about the community’s needs,” Chief Davis said. “We believe this is an important project, and we’re committed to maintaining open lines of communication with residents throughout this process.”
The committee is comprised of several members from diverse backgrounds, including Selectmen and former Ashland police officer Joe Magnani, Selectman Steve Mitchell, former Ashland volunteer firefighter and Framingham State University Director of Government Relations Peter Chisholm, Town Manager Herbert, Assistant Town Manager Jenn Ball, Chief Davis, Fire Chief Keith Robie and ex officio members Director of Building Services Joe Richardson and Director of Information Technology Paul Carpenter.
Over the coming month, committee members will appear at several public forums to discuss the need, benefits, location and costs associated with the project.
Public forums will be held:
- Thursday, Oct. 4, at 9 a.m. at the Community Center, State Park Road
- Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Farmers Market, 125 Front St.
- Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. at Ashland Cable TV studios, 200 Butterfield Drive
- Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Board of Selectmen’s Room at Town Hall, 101 Main St.