GUILFORD – The Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office was given a big surprise Tuesday morning, and it comes to the tune of more than $100,000.
The former Key Bank building in Guilford will sit empty no more.
“Empty buildings aren’t good,” said state Sen. Paul Davis (R – Piscataquis). “This building’s been empty for quite awhile, and it’ll be filled, it’ll be used.”
“We’ve been working on this for almost a year,” said Piscataquis County Commissioner Wayne Erkkinen. “Not this particular building, but to get moved. And it just came up and we went for it.”
For years the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department has been in need of more space. Working with county commissioners, the sheriff found a perfect fit in the heart of Guilford.
Now, thanks to a generous donation from the Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union, the building will be paid for.
Piscataquis County Sheriff Robert Young recalled finding out about the donation, saying, “Rhonda Taylor, the president of the credit union, called me one morning and said, ‘Here’s what we’d like to do. We’d like to donate the $145,000 for the purchase.’ I listened to that and then I had to repeat it back to her to make sure I understood that right.”
Tuesday morning, Taylor handed over the check that will be used to pay for the new Piscataquis County Law Enforcement Center.
It’s the largest single donation to date for the Maine-based federal credit union. And Taylor says it was an easy decision to make.
“When we were robbed several years ago at gun point, and every one of our tellers had a gun pointed at them during that robbery, they were there for us,” she said.
The Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office currently shares the same building as the county jail, and space is limited according to Young. This new building will give officers more room to work and carry out their duties. It’ll also give space to county dispatchers.
Sheriff Young believes they’ll be moved in by Sept. 1.