Fire Station Planning Study Committee

In accordance with Board of Selectmen policy 2-1(7e) and in recognition of the 2015 Annual Town Meeting vote appropriating $44,000 for the design of a (new) fire substation, the Board of Selectmen created the Fire Station Planning Study Committee at their Regular Meeting held on January 6, 2020.

Purpose

To evaluate options for the Hanover Fire Department’s needs for space, geographically consistent response times, operational efficiency, and cost containment (debt and operational), as they relate to the concept of a new fire department sub-station. The study committee is expected to provide objective analysis (pros and cons, and other considerations) on reasonably probable options; the study committee does not have the burden of making a recommendation.

Timeline

The Board of Selectmen endeavors to appoint this committee in January 2020 and would ask for a report by November 1, 2020.

About the Study Committee

The study committee shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The Board of Selectmen would like to see the following representation: (i) Advisory Committee (ii) Planning Board (iii) School Committee (iv) Historical Commission (v) Local Emergency Planning Committee (vi) Community Preservation Committee (vii) up to three (3) members at-large.

Staff Support

Staff members including but not limited to the Town Manager, Assistant Town Manager, Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, Finance Director, and others will be expected to provide information and attend meetings.

Budget

Approximately $22,000 remains in the 2015 Annual Town Meeting appropriation and the Board of Selectmen authorizes this committee the use of those funds for their legally stated purpose.