FREETOWN |briefs

Vote on Meditech construction

Voters will be asked Thursday at a Special Town Meeting to back a home-rule petition that would clear the way for construction of a Meditech facility that could create 800 jobs. The petition would exempt from the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Historical Commission the roughly 21 acres of the 138-acre site that would be built upon, according to Board of Selectmen chairwoman Lisa Pacheco. Meditech shelved its plans for Freetown after the historical commission ruled the company had to do extensive archeological excavations in the area known as Peace Haven, which may contain Native American artifacts. “This would overrule Mass. Historic’s decision that asks for things above and beyond what [the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act] required,” Pacheco said. The three-member Board of Selectmen and the South Coast legislative delegation are backing the home-rule proposal. Special Town Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Freetown Elementary School.

- Elaine Cushman Carroll