Town Meeting approves spending

Town Meeting voters last week approved requests to spend more than $78 million on the town’s $74 million operating budget and $3.8 million in capital items, ranging from a new police cruiser to a street sweeper. Voters agreed to allocate $69,000 for 37 new parking spaces at the Senior Center, $600,000 for a design of renovations and a two-story addition at the Main Street police station, and $2.5 million for design of a wastewater treatment plant, funded by user fees. Other programs, to be paid for with Community Preservation Act money, included document preservation at the Historical Museum, renovation of the Unitarian Universalist Church’s pipe organ, and $40,000 for affordable housing at Shoe Shop Place. Voters also agreed to cut or eliminate real estate taxes for active, deployed service members.