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Meeting backs Center School feasibility study

Easton Town Meeting has unanimously approved spending $1 million for a feasibility study on renovating or replacing Center Elementary School.

The Massachusetts School Building Authority requires such a study before it will help pay for local school construction. The money for the study will come from a mitigation payment from developer Avalon Bay, according to town officials.

Easton had asked the state to consider funding repairs or replacements of three of the town’s four elementary schools, but only Center Elementary made the cut. The school on Depot Street serves about 250 children in pre-kindergarten through second grade.

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The Nov. 13 Town Meeting also approved spending another $900,000 to build the Queset Commercial District sewer project -- on top of the $2,790,000 approved in 2015. Officials said the extra money is needed because of higher-than-anticipated costs.

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The project will connect the Washington Street commercial district to town sewer and is aimed at spurring economic development of the area.

Town Meeting also voted to buy a new fire truck and three police cruisers.

Town Clerk Danielle Sicard said 270 residents checked into the meeting, a good turnout in a town where the required quorum is 100 people.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.