TIME & PLACE:
Meeting June 5, 2002 at 7:00 PM at Sam Lake House
Mike Capone - Selectmen representative
Kevin Bragg - Historical District Commision(?)
Canterbury Police Chief Gwen Deurell
Canterbury Fire Chief Dale Caswell
Meeting with Police Chief Gwen Deurell
Chief Deurell stated that her needs have not changed significantly
since we met with her last year.
The perennial problems are lack of space, storage, meeting space,
juvenile detention/ interrogation.
As is with current staff, it will not meet the needs of the department
for another ten years.
The major concern the chief stated was with not being able to
interview Juveniles since the standards are much more stringent
than with adults. Many of her interviews are with juveniles, and
they have to be sceduled elsewhere, such as Boscawen or Loudon,
which is a major inconvenience and takes up extra time in travel.
It seems illogical that we cant interview in our own
The current facilities are below the standard of departments in
Several committee members suggested reutilizing the maintenance
building (or part of it) for police interview rooms, or for administrative
If space was developed there for police use, and a Life Safety
building was later built, the office space in the old maintenance
building could be reclaimed for administrative offices for the
town when the P.D. moved into the new LSB.
The chief responded to the initial center plan concept by approving
of one-way traffic by the store, and by better defining the parking
spaces in fron of it. Also liked the idea of the library being
central to the community and nearby the police station so kids
can be better protected through convenient patroling.
Committee acknowledges that we need to look at both the short
term and long term needs. The short term may involve reworking
part of the existing garage on the police station. A longer term
solution might involve a reworking of the maintenance building
and or a new Life Safety Building.
Chief Deurell will meet with the committee again on July 3rd at
7 PM to share with us her further ideas on space needs.
Meeting with Fire Chief Caswell
Chief Caswell shared his thoughts on a design for a Life Safety
building created by a tech student working on an architectural
He mentioned that the building was planned with both police and
fire departments in m ind with some shared facilities.
The department has terrible space limitations for vehicles.
Needs space for hazardous materials handling... showers and wash
For storms and other long term events it would be helpful to have
bunking capabilities in the building for members to stage between
Chief feels that an economy would probably be derived from a new
construction because room placement would not limited by old architectural
He gave the example of Holderness life safety building as
a workable design that operates all on one level to minimize issues
of ADA compliance.
Kent shared with the Chief the current concept for the town center
Chief feels that the traffic access as currently represented is
inadequate (too long to get to and from the station).
Chief Caswell feels that a location closer to the fire pond would
shorten the distance to egress.
Town Selectmen/Town Office Personnel
The selectmen and town office personnel are flexible in terms
of where they are to be situated in the town center plan.
Either location, in the old maintenance building; or staying where
it is which would leave the old maintenance building available
for use as part of a new library or life safety building.
This would also mean one less building to be shuffled in
Some additional room will be needed for administrative and town
management staff that will be added in a not too distant future.
The church is planning an addition to the north side.
In general the church committee is in support of the concept of
the more pedestrian center and the additional parking. Conerned
that existing memorial trees are not removed. The church will
pay for the annual salt needs for the Water softener/filtration
system for the town/church water system. The town will be paying
for the actual softener/filtration device and any maintenance
Kent discussed the events of the HDC meeting the prior evening,
where the HDC voted to allow the CBNC to choose either 3 or 5
basement windows in the SW foundation, and none on the NE foundation.
The CBNC committee discussed this issue and decided on 5 windows
in the SW foundation in order to maintain the symmetry that was
part of turn of the century architectural design.
We have a meeting in two weeks (June 19, 2002) with the Library
and the Historical Society. Dump and recycling committee following.
We will be meeting in four weeks with Bob Pollock to go over the
revised center plan.