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    Hanson to raze former Plymouth County Hospital

    Hanson plans to demolish the main building of the old Plymouth County Hospital after Town Meeting recently appropriated $1.8 million for the cost.

    The hospital closed in 1992, and the town acquired the site from Plymouth County in 1999.

    In addition to the main building, the town could potentially demolish several adjacent ancillary buildings through the appropriation, which will also pay for relating costs of engineering and site cleanup, according to Town Administrator Michael McCue.

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    The project would clear the way for Hanson to pursue other uses of the property.

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    In other business, the meeting approved $300,000 to fund the purchase of a new ambulance and related equipment, and $35,000 to cover the costs of hiring a recreation director from January to June 30, 2017. Town Meeting last spring created the position but did not fund it.

    The recent meeting also authorized $245,100 to complete payments to Brockton for use of its water while Hanson’s water tank was being refurbished earlier this year; and $134,412 for various repairs to school buildings.

    Also approved were proposals to prohibit the use of all-terrain vehicles on town property without the selectmen’s permission, and to accept a state law enabling the town to create a nine-member Commission on Disabilities.

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