This letter was issued by five of Pepperell's unions, including police, fire and DPW.

By Anne O'Connor

aoconnor@nashobavalleyvoice.com

PEPPERELL -- The selectmen's recent decision to join a planned regional dispatch center was criticized in a letter from five labor unions addressed to residents of the town.

The short-term financial savings from joining the Northern Middlesex Regional Emergency Communications Center is outweighed by a potential increase in officer safety issues and reduced services for residents, said the letter sent to the Nashoba Valley Voice on Thursday

Among the concerns are staffing the police station after hours, watching prisoners, dispatching for the Department of Public Works and quick turnaround for paperwork.

The five unions, which include the DPW union, voted to be on the letter, said Fabrizio Vestri, a police patrolman and vice-president of his union.

"I don't think anybody really knew about it," he said. The police and fire chiefs were involved with the committee that studied joining the center, but no one from the DPW.

The letter said if they were to support regionalizing, centers in Groton and Devens are closer than the facility planned in Tewskbury. Both are already running and joining Groton is less expensive.

The letter ends with a request for the residents to voice their opinions and to hold a town vote.

The letter is signed by the Pepperell Police Patrolmen and Superior Officers associations; the Pepperell Firefighters Association and I.


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A.F.F. Local 5018; and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 93, AFL-CIO Local #1703.

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