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Shift in police headquarters raises issues

Village Board members say a move by police out of their cramped headquarters in Village Hall may be good for police, but could end up costing the village.

The village covers 25 percent of the operating costs for the joint town/village police force, and the town pays 75 percent.

"One of our contributions is office space. If that changes, our contribution changes," said Trustee William E. Geiben.

There has been discussion of two possible locations where Police Headquarters could be housed. One proposal is to renovate Town Hall and put on an addition.

The other involves Lewiston Fire Company No. 1, which has suggested turning the second floor of the fire hall into a workout area for town fire and police members and possibly renting space to the Police Department.

Town Councilman Michael A. Johnson said he has talked with a member of the fire company about the matter but noted that it depends on what space is available and what the police need.

Lewiston Fire Company No. 1 President Tony DiGregorio said he had not been approached about any rental possibilities.

Johnson agreed that it is all still in the talking stage and said he would like the fire department to reconsider closing its hall.

"That's a big second floor, and there are no big halls in the village," Johnson said.

One matter on which both sides agree is the need for more space. Now, 10 full-time and four part-time officers share a single corner office that is the size of a small bedroom.

The town and the village are expected to discuss the matter further during a joint town/village police meeting March 6.


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