Not the time now to change plans

The bids for the job have been presented and the financing decided. It would seem that all is a “go” for the new Ocean View police station.

Well, maybe.

Cliff Mitchell, a member of the Ocean View Long Range Financial Planning Committee, recently restated his belief that the town does not need as big a police station as is being planned. He allowed that bids did indeed come in lower than expected for the project, but feared that the building was not economically practical for the town’s needs.

Fair enough. It is indeed a big police station, and the town’s land-use plan does not call for a significant amount of growth within the current boundaries. And, in the interest of fairness, it is important to note that Mitchell is not just showing “buyer’s remorse” about the substantial project — he has been consistent in his views from the start.

However, it is probably now past the time for this argument. Bids have been solicited and offered, the police department has been assured the station will be coming in its proposed form and plans have been made. It is time now to move forward and ensure that the project is done within budget and in a timely manner.

We do not fault Mitchell for his stance. In fact, for the case of ongoing conversation amongst officials and future fiduciary responsibility, we feel his continued stance will only benefit the town.

But there is a reason the police department wanted the bigger station, as well as rationale for town council and financial planning members to go along with the plan, and it doesn’t all directly involve Ocean View.

Millville and other towns to the west are unquestionably growing in the coming years. And, for the foreseeable future, that big draw of an ocean continues to be to the east of Ocean View. That means more and more people are going to be going through town, and more and more people are going to be utilizing everything the town has to offer.

That is going to call for more services, and more space to house said services.