Whirring of electrical saws shaping bricks for the facade of the new police communications center behind Monroe Town Hall can he heard in the cool fall air as work steadily moves along on two police station additions. The other building, on the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library side of the town hall campus, will be a sallyport for the safe transport and booking of prisoners.
Capt. Michael Flick said the framing for the buildings and the interior walls, as well as both roofs, are complete. The fire-proofing and rough work for the plumbing and electricity is also finished, according to Art Gillman, the general contractor for Dolphin Construction.
Gillman said the $4.1 million building project is on pace to be completed by the spring of 2013.
Flick said, "The project is on schedule and within budget."
Asbestos was found in the glue for tiles inside the police station, so abatement was done in the stairwell and in rooms on the first floor.
"Officers have been relocated for short periods of time during the work," Flick said. "It's an inconvenience, but we're still maintaining the normal services that we have."
Members of the public are still entering the police station by going into town hall and down the stairs to the first floor. After hours, the police department door on Church Street side is being used.
Temporary locker rooms are framed and temporary showers are being built, as work on the project continues.