Dorch­ester Sher­iff’s Of­fice opens Vi­enna sub­sta­tion

Dorchester Star - - Regional - By VICTORIA WINGATE vwingate@ches­pub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @ vic­to­ri­adorstar and on In­sta­gram @dorch­ester.star.

VI­ENNA — The Dorch­ester County Sher­iff’s Of­fice cel­e­brated the open­ing of its new sub­sta­tion in Vi­enna on Fri­day, April 1.

De­spite the rain, many peo­ple turned out for the rib­bon-cut­ting. The aban­doned build­ing on Mar­ket Street was do­nated to the town.

The project was com­pleted in part­ner­ship with the town of Vi­enna, Dorch­ester County Cham­ber of Com­merce and many lo­cal busi­nesses. Busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als do­nated about $15,000.

“No tax­payer dol­lars went into this build­ing to es­tab­lish the sub­sta­tion,” said Mayor of Vi­enna Russell Brins­field.

Brins­field and the Vi­enna Town Coun­cil ap­pointed a com­mit­tee to fundraise for the project and co­or­di­nate the build­ing ren­o­va­tions. Justin Hoff­man of Hoff­man Ir­ri­ga­tion chaired the com­mit­tee.

“Bill La­ri­more came up with this idea and brought it forth to the town. Our town com­mis­sion­ers voted on it and de­cided to move for­ward,” Hoff­man said. “This is a small town. We don’t have a huge amount of tax money that goes into the town. We had to raise all the funds for the project. The com­mu­nity stepped up.”

S&K Roof­ing re­paired the roof, Koski Elec­tric do­nated in­stal­la­tion ser vices, and stu­dents from the Dorch­ester Ca­reer and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter helped with in­stalling doors. Many oth­ers also vol­un­teered to help the project along.

“We worked re­ally hard to keep the char­ac­ter of the build­ing alive in here with­out tak­ing too much away from how the work needs to be done,” said Hoff­man.

Sher­iff James Phillips praised the com­mit­tee for its ef­forts.

“They’re way too mod­est for what they’ve ac­com­plished here. It just goes to show you the syn­ergy that can be gen­er­ated when peo­ple work to­gether and co­op­er­ate to get some­thing ac­com­plished,” said Phillips. “... In­stead of ev­ery­thing go­ing to Cam­bridge all the time, we can keep (of­fi­cers) in their pa­trol ar­eas. We’re go­ing to keep mileage down and burn less gas be­cause we’re out in the county. It’s the epit­ome of com­mu­nity polic­ing when we can have a sub­sta­tion in a small town like this. It’s so gen­er­ous it’s just in­com­pre­hen­si­ble.”

PHO­TOS BY VICTORIA WINGATE

The Dorch­ester County Sher­iff’s Of­fice cel­e­brated the open­ing of their new sub­sta­tion in Vi­enna with a rib­bon cut­ting event on Fri­day, April 1. The event was at­tended by many lo­cal busi­ness lead­ers, lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, and county cit­i­zens.

The Dorch­ester County Sher­iff’s Of­fice cel­e­brated the open­ing of their new sub­sta­tion in Vi­enna with a rib­bon cut­ting event on Fri­day, April 1. Some lo­cal lead­ers posed for a sec­ond group photo. Jen­nifer Lay­ton, County Coun­cil­man Tom Bradshaw, Vi­enna Mayor Russell Brins­field, Sher­iff James Phillips, County Coun­cil­man Don Satterfield, State’s At­tor­ney Wil­liam Jones, Sub­sta­tion Com­mit­tee Chair­man Justin Hoff­man, County Man­ager Jeremy Gold­man, Cham­ber of Com­merce Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Bill Christo­pher.

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