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    Town Meeting rejects fire station study funding

    A deeply divided Special Town Meeting on Oct. 21 rejected an article seeking funding for a feasibility study for a new fire station. The vote was 159 opposed to 140 in favor of the measure. Article 8 asked voters to appropriate $350,000 for a feasibility study for a new center fire station on Boston Road. The town’s three existing fire stations each have deficiencies, according to the Permanent Town Building Committee. Among the issues with the existing stations: lack of space for administrative staff, a missing fire sprinkler system, and a lack of locker room facilities. The fire station was one of several issues addressed during the Special Town Meeting. In all, residents were asked to take action on 22 articles, including a proposal to appropriate funds for design services related to window replacement at the Day and Robinson schools and a measure that sought to amend the town’s demolition delay bylaw to extend the waiting period from six to 18 months. Residents unanimously approved a $350,000 appropriation to cover the design and bidding phases of the window replacement project. However, the requested change to the demolition delay bylaw failed for lack of a majority. To view the results for each warrant article, visit