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    Town takes next step to fund new buildings

    Norton’s recent fall Town Meeting agreed to set aside funding for a proposed project to build a new town hall and a new senior center, but any expenditure of the funds will need future Town Meeting action.

    The Oct. 23 meeting was asked to appropriate $1.5 million to fund design and engineering for the building plan. The article was adopted after being amended to provide that the $1.5 million be taken from free cash and placed into an account to be used for engineering, design, and construction of the two new municipal buildings.

    The amendment also provided that any expenditure of the money will require future Town Meeting appropriations, according to Town Manager Michael Yunits.

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    He said the town plans to seek an appropriation for the project design and engineering before a future Town Meeting or special Town Meeting at a date to be determined.

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    Once the design is complete, voters will be asked to approve funding for construction of the overall projects -- currently estimated at $12 million.

    The new town hall would be built behind the existing 110-year-old town hall on East Main Street.

    The town is evaluating several potential sites for the new senior center.

    John Laidler can be reached at john.laidler@globe.com.