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Milton Town Meeting OK’s funds to raze condemned building

Milton Town Meeting members on Monday approved two articles that bring the town one step closer to demolishing a condemned building at 131 Eliot St.

Selectmen have been working to take down the building for several months, but didn’t have enough cash in the reserve fund to finance the work.

Town Meeting approved two articles related to the building: the first appropriated $198,278 into the reserve fund for the eventual demolition, and the second granted the warrant committee the ability to use those funds for the demolition of the long-vacant building that once housed the Hendrie’s Ice Cream factory.

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Both articles were passed on a majority vote after about two hours of discussion and one failed amendment.

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In other business, Town Meeting unanimously passed an article appropriating $485,000 for the rehabilitation, replacement, and enhancement of the town’s sewer system.

The article to reduce appropriations for the water and sewer enterprise funds by $17,577 and $54,381, respectively, from the town budget approved in May was approved unanimously and without discussion.

Articles 5 and 6 , both relating to zoning, will be discussed at the continuation of Special Town Meeting next Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the high school.

Natalie Feulner can be reached at natalie.feulner@gmail.com.