By Associated Press - Thursday, October 19, 2017

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont town is examining its options for repairing or replacing the aging building that houses its police, firefighters and dispatchers after a report harshly criticized its condition.

The Caledonian Record reports that St. Johnsbury has been awarded a $60,000 grant to study plans for its public safety building.

A consultant in June compared conditions in the building to a Third World country, saying it did not meet workplace safety standards and lacked security features.

In May, the town spent $18,000 to fix a leak in the roof while admitting that more substantial work was needed.

Town officials say the public could be asked to vote on a plan as soon as next year if planning goes well.

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