Even the five jail cells could use work, although Roy said they’re “luxury suites” compared to their condition in 1989, when they were last renovated.
With all the issues a building that old has, Harrington said, the consultant’s job will be to research all the problems, access current and extrapolate future needs, then present every option, including gutting and remodeling and razing and rebuilding.
The location at the beach is important during tourist season, Harrington said, especially because it’s where the crowds congregate both during the day at the beach and in the evening at the clubs. From the point of centralization, the station’s Railroad Avenue location at Salisbury Beach isn’t a large issue one way or the other, Harrington said. Although it is police headquarters and its call center, officers patrol town roads constantly and can be instantly dispatched from where ever they are to wherever they need to go via radio, he said.
A 20-year veteran of the Salisbury Police Department, Roy puts it this way: “Yes, we have a lot of calls from the beach, but we have a lot of calls from all over town.”
Built in 1979 on land purchased by the town on Route 1, the Salisbury fire station was expanded to include the chief’s office and Emergency Operations Center in 1987, with a grant from the previous owners of the nuclear power plant in Seabrook.
“We’re out of office and storage space and we have to store some of our vehicles outside,” Souliotis said. “One of the questions for us is, can we put an addition on? We have a truss roof, and we’d have to remove the whole roof to do any kind of expansion. And there’s no space around us to expand into.”
The town land it’s on is shared with the DPW, its salt/sand barn, the Hilton Senior Center and a number of town athletic fields that are heavily used. There’s pretty much nowhere left to go, he said.