More firefighters, demolition money, medical pot moratorium approved

Town Meeting voted last week to place a one-year moratorium on medical marijuana facilities, abolish the elected Board of Water Commissioners, and combine the highway and water departments into one Department of Public Works. The action-packed meeting also gave the Fire Department an extra $320,000 to add four firefighters to the eight-person roster. “Somebody on the floor, a resident and firefighter, got up and asked for it,” said Town Clerk Jean Kopke. The session approved spending another $700,000 to demolish the vacant Robert F. Crowley Elementary School. Voters approved $250,00 for the work last year, but the cost went up with the discovery of asbestos and other pollutants in the building, Kopke said. And Town Meeting voted to reduce the quorum for future meetings to 50 from the current 75. ”We got everything done. They basically approved everything,” Kopke said.