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Bow residents to begin discussing public safety building

The Bow Board of Selectmen will host two listening sessions in May to hear residents’ opinions about where the town should house its public safety operations.

The first session will be held tomorrow from 9 to 11 a.m., and the second is scheduled for next Friday at 7 p.m. Both will take place at the Bow Community Center.

At this year’s town meeting, residents rejected a multimillion-dollar plan to construct a new public safety building. They rejected a more expensive version of the building the previous year. It would have replaced the town’s outdated fire station, that the state fire marshal has mandated be brought up to code by September 2016.

“We’ve been at this four years now,” said Selectman Harry Judd. “We are hopeful that given the interest expressed in the last two town meetings we will get a more robust response.”

The board hopes the two listening sessions generate new ideas on how to meet the town’s needs, help them start a distribution list to keep residents informed of the progress and solicit interest for a new study committee.

“The two listening sessions will not be the end of the process,” Judd said. “There’s a wide range of views, and we would like to have folks come and help.”

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