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(Top left) The building at 1251 E. 6th Street that will be the new Sandwich Police Station. (Top right) Contractors gathered at Sandwich City Hall to hear the public reading of bid to renovate the new Sandwich Police Station. (Bottom) Sandwich City Engineer Tom Horak and City Clerk Denise Ii open and read bid proposals. 

Not for the first time, Sandwich City Officials opened sealed bid proposals for work to be done to renovate the building at 1251 E. 6th Street that will house the Sandwich Police Department. The city is borrowing about $3.5-million for the project.

In a packed city hall chamber Friday, City Clerk Denise Ii opened over seventy bid proposals for various parts of the renovation including everything from plumbing to cameras and sound equipment. Chief of Police Jim Bianchi was encouraged that there were so many proposals. Finances have been a snag in getting the building ready.

John Becker is with Harbour Contractors, the company serving as construction manager for the project. He says once the bids get city council approval, the renovation should take about a year to complete. The bids could be in front of the city council in a few weeks for a vote.

The current police station 308 E. College Street is dilapidated according to Chief Bianchi.

Bianchi says since he first took the job as police chief, he has worked to reduce the cost of the new police station.

Contractors have submitted bids for the project before, but a lack of financing prevented the city from moving forward. The city purchased the former Designed Stairs Building on E. 6th Street back in 2016.