Police station surrounded by temporary fencing
Since the Police Department moved from 1575 Massachusetts Ave. to their temporary headquarters at 173 Bedford St. last month, the public safety radio communication system has suffered repeated problems such as dropped calls and delayed transmissions that are actively interfering with officers’ and firefighters’ day-to-day work and safety. (Sophie Culpepper / LexObserver)

Hello, Lexington!

Good morning and welcome to LexObserver’s Friday morning weekly news roundup.

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In the meantime (if you aren’t too busy watching Don’t Worry Darling this weekend) we hope you give this week’s news a read.

In this issue:


Following police move to temporary station, unexpected public safety radio lapses require urgent fixes

New equipment will cost an estimated $800,000; Select Board voted to authorize up to $750,000 from Town’s Reserve Fund, with an additional $50,000 from ARPA funds if needed, while Appropriation Committee will discuss issues and hold a vote about Reserve Fund authorization next week

Lexington’s recently approved new police station project includes many much-needed infrastructure upgrades. It does not, however, include funding for a new radio communication system.

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Nicco Mele, Sophie Culpepper, Erin Sandler-Rathe and the LexObserver Team

Edited by Bob Rotberg

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