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Town Meeting OK’s new $45 million town hall

Dedham Town Meeting has approved building a new $45 million public safety building on the site of the current soon-to-be-razed town hall.

“It’s been studies after studies over the last 25 years, and it’s finally coming true for us,” said Fire Chief William Spillane. “It’s great.”

Plans call for demolishing the town hall once town offices move into the nearby historic Ames School House, which is under renovation as part of a municipal campus. A tentative timeline would have the police and fire departments moving into the new public safety building in the summer of 2020, Spillane said.

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The current fire headquarters would then be razed; no decision has been made on what to do with the current Police Department building, he said.

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The Nov. 13 Town Meeting also voted -- 126 to 83 -- to create a town Human Rights Commission, according to Town Clerk Paul Munchbach.

Town Meeting voted to outlaw nonmedical marijuana businesses in town, but the prohibition needs a second approval by voters in the April 2018 town election before taking effect, Munchbach said.

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