Council to Act on $1.2 Million Police Maintenance Garage

Haverhill Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro.

Haverhill Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro.

The Haverhill City Council is expected Tuesday night to discuss the city’s proposal to borrow $900,000 toward construction of a $1.2 million police fleet maintenance garage on Primrose Street.

Plans, placed on file two weeks ago, call for using $325,000 from the Elmo D’Allessandro trust account set aside for the police department. A $900,000 bond authorization from the council would finance the difference over a 25-year period. The city would make average annual payments of $56,000 at 3.75 percent interest, according to Mayor James J. Fiorentini. The garage would replace one leased by the city at Kazmiera Marina on Coffin Street. The city currently spends $28,000 annually on the lease.

“The city’s new facility will also be constructed with a high level of energy efficient design standards,” Fiorentini said. “We anticipate a minimum $3,000 annual savings in utility costs from the current space. Assuming prices escalate these savings should increase over the life of the garage. Most importantly, the facility will provide the police department with a better maintenance workspace more suitable for a department of its size and scope.”

The construction bid by contractor Construction Dynamincs, Inc., Clinton, came in at twice what officials estimated a year ago.

The Haverhill city council meets at 7 p.m., Tuesday, in council chambers at Haverhill City Hall.

2 thoughts on “Council to Act on $1.2 Million Police Maintenance Garage

  1. Only a politician like Fiorentini would claim savings while actually spending $900k. Granted the garage is needed but please Mr. Mayor grow up. People are tired of your self serving rhetoric.

    • There is no savings in a city living off deficit financing bonds, or the graces of Rep. Brian Dempsey committing legal larceny of other peoples monies, or legalized financial engineering in order for the city to stay afloat.