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Brunswick council picks location for new police station, tables bicycle helmet law

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Brunswick council picks location for new police station, tables bicycle helmet law

BRUNSWICK — The Town Council announced Monday that it has identified a location for a new police station.

The property is at the corner of Pleasant and Stanwood streets. The council will discuss the matter with the public at its Tuesday, Sept. 7, meeting, Town Manager Gary Brown said on Wednesday.

Brown said the purchase cost for the location, comprised of four parcels, would be a little more than $1 million.

Residences and a building that used to house the Brunswick House of Pizza currently stand on the property. Those structures would be demolished to make way for the new police station.

The existing police station on Federal Street is “too small and inadequate for current needs,” Brown said.

The Town Council also voted 8-1, with Chairwoman Joanne King opposed, to table a proposal that would require bicyclists of all ages who use the Androscoggin River Bike & Pedestrian Path to wear helmets.

Riders who do not obey the law would be subject to warnings and fines.

The council sent the matter to the Recreation Commission for further discussion.

Brown said Monday's discussion “centered around the stronger desire to increase public education on the benefits of wearing helmets, as opposed to adopting an ordinance to make it mandatory.”

Councilor Ben Tucker, who sponsored the proposal, introduced a motion to table the matter and send it to the Recreation Commission, which the council approved.

Brown said that if the helmet proposal returns to the council, it might be in the form of a public education policy rather than an ordinance.

King said on Wednesday that she did not oppose the helmet issue becoming an educational endeavor versus a policy change, but that she objected to bringing any item back before the Town Council that does not seem to have support from that panel.

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net.