Financing the project’s debt will be tricky because the town is already managing debt from renovations of Holten Richmond Middle School, Danvers High and Town Hall. The town has never had a successful override of Proposition 21/2’s tax levy limits.
“Coming up with $6.5 million is no small task,” Marquis said. “Coming up with $4.5 million is no small task.”
A few years ago, selectmen opted against using the new, $10-million Essex County Regional Communications Center in Middleton out of concern about cost and expansion of the bureaucracy there. In the meantime, Town Meeting appropriated approximately $45,000 to study options for the town’s dispatch.
Marquis said the architect was not charged with studying the option of joining the regional center because the selectmen do not want this option.
The dispatch center would be built large enough to accommodate eight dispatchers, Marquis said. The added capacity would allow another community to join the Danvers center. Marquis said there have been preliminary talks with other communities, but nothing has come together.
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