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    Voters OK police hirings, firefighters’ contract

    Pembroke voters approved the hiring of two new police officers and funded a recently negotiated firefighters’ union contract in two of the actions taken at the annual fall special Town Meeting.

    Funding for the new officers was included in this year’s budget, but a Town Meeting vote was required to approve the hiring, according to Town Administrator Edwin Thorne.

    As a result of the Oct. 24 Town Meeting action, Adam Barrows and Marybeth Simmons, who had been permanent intermittent, or part-time, officers for the town, were hired to fill the two new full-time positions.


    The meeting appropriated $173,000 to fund the firefighters’ contract, which provides union members with a 2 percent raise in each of the two years of the agreement, fiscal 2017 and 2018.

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    In some of its other actions, the meeting appropriated funds for various equipment, vehicle, building, and technology needs, with the largest item being $150,000 to acquire a software package for the general government and school accounting functions.

    It also defeated a proposal requiring that the Board of Selectmen be notified of any planned event in town that might have an impact on vehicular traffic or pedestrians. The measure was a revised version of a proposal that was defeated at the annual Town Meeting last spring.

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