Opinion: City police offer thanks to voters

The Vergennes Police Department would like to express our deepest appreciation to the citizens of Vergennes for the trust and support they have given us during the process of site acquisition, design and construction of a home for the Vergennes Police Department.
Throughout the process, discussion and planning between all parties involved was conducted in a frank but focused and productive manner, keeping in mind the requirements of the facility as well as the interests of the taxpayers. The enthusiasm and engagement our current Mayor Bill Benton and former Mayor Mike Daniels, our City Manager Mel Hawley, past and present city council members, and citizens displayed was encouraging and heartening to all of us.
As a community we have realized a new police facility, one that befits our city in design, location and cost. It is a structure designed to allow us to conduct our law enforcement duties in a safer, more efficient and professional manner. Throughout the past four and a half years, we have worked together to keep our community safe and make it an attractive place to live, work and visit.
We are proud to be a “cornerstone” of our community, not only as the first building you see as you enter our city from the north, but also as a symbol of Vergennes’ commitment to its police department and city’s development plan. We will continue to provide professional law enforcement services to our citizens and work in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies to keep our highways safe and thwart criminal activity. 
Our new facility is a tremendous source of pride for us and we will treat our new home with all the respect and care it deserves. There will be an open house event planned for a future date in May; please take the opportunity to come by and see your new police station.
We also would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to give credit to Bread Loaf Corp. for their guidance and professional services throughout this endeavor. They were a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process.
Once again, we thank you for your tremendous support and for working with us to provide a beautiful facility that will serve our city’s needs for many years to come. We look forward to serving you in the future and God bless you.
Chief Merkel and the Officers of the Vergennes Police Department

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