Orrington voters say no to new public safety building

ORRINGTON, Maine (WABI) - Hundreds of Orrington voters turned out Monday night to weigh in on a multi-million dollar proposal to build a new public safety building in town.

In the end they said no.

With nearly 500 votes cast 259 people said no, 234 voted yes.

The topic has garnered a passionate response from residents both for and against the project as the process has played out.

That was evident at the Center Drive School where there wasn't an empty seat in the gymnasium.

The new public safety building would have put the town's emergency responders under one roof at a cost that would not exceed three and a half million dollars.

Interim Town Manager Andy Fish said that something will still need to be done in the future.

"This is definitely something that is necessary," said Fish. "In the early stages of the process the town engaged an engineering firm to assess the two current facilities and they were assessed to be wanting. Issues with life safety code violations and safety for our employees."

Under the Orrington town charter, a new version of this proposal can't go up for a vote for 120 days.