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    North Reading

    $50k approved for renovations to town buildings

    Town Meeting voters on Oct. 7 approved the transfer of $50,000 from North Reading’s free cash account to fund improvements at Town Hall, the Edith A. O’Leary Senior Center, the Fire Department, and the Flint Memorial Library. Selectman Stephen J. O’Leary addressed Town Meeting and asked residents to support the appropriation. The funding will be used for several projects, including the replacement of worn floors in Town Hall, the library, and the Fire Department, and the installation of new doors, doorknobs, and locks at Town Hall. The vote approving the transfer was unanimous. Of the 10,820 registered voters in North Reading, 103 attended Town Meeting. In addition to funds for improvements to the municipal buildings, Town Meeting paid bills from the prior fiscal year, which ended June 30; transferred $300,000 to the capital improvement stabilization fund; and appropriated $13,740 to the North of Boston Regional Shared Housing Project, a program that strives to promote and monitor affordable housing in several area communities. To view a recap of all of the Town Meeting votes, visit and click on the link to the “Oct Town Meeting Recap” in the special links section of the home page.