WATERVILLE — City councilors Tuesday night will consider buying a laser shot firearms training system for the police department.

The training system would lower the cost of firearms training by eliminating ammunition costs. It also would allow officers 24-hour access, which increases training opportunities, according to a memo to the mayor and councilors from police Chief Joseph Massey.

The system offers training scenarios and skill-building not readily available at an outdoor range and provides many use of force scenarios, which helps with critical training skills, according to Massey.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at The Center downtown and will be preceded by a public hearing to discuss a dilapidated building at 26 Gold St.

The police training system would cost $20,000. As part of the vote, councilors would agree to accept a $10,000 Maine Municipal Association Safety Training Grant, which would be used to help buy the system. The rest of the funding would out of a $21,000 reimbursement from the MMA Property Casualty and Workers Compensation program.

Councilors must take three votes on the purchase and may take one or two of those votes Tuesday.

After the public hearing on 26 Gold St., councilors will vote on whether to declare the apartment building dangerous, a nuisance and structurally unsafe. As part of the vote, councilors would deem the building a fire hazard, unsuitable for occupancy and a hazard to health and safety because of inadequate maintenance and abandonment.

The building, which has changed hands several times in recent years, is owned by American Homeowner Preservation LLC.

If the owner does not raze the building, the city plans to demolish it and bill the owner for the cost of demolition and cleanup.

In other matters, councilors will consider hiring Gorrill-Palmer Consulting Engineers Inc., of Gray, at a price of $41,850 to conduct a traffic-pedestrian study of the Spring, Water and Main street intersection. Funding for the project would be shared equally by the city and state Department of Transportation.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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Twitter: @AmyCalder17

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