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Voters OK new DPW garage

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Voters in a special election Tuesday approved a Proposition 2½ debt-exclusion to help pay for a $10.6 million Department of Public Works garage. The 1,298-831 vote for a temporary property tax increase came one day after the garage appropriation received nearly unanimous approval at Town Meeting. The town will be borrowing $9.5 million for the project, which will provide a much larger building on the site of the old one. It will be used for vehicle storage as well as providing a better facility for DPW employees. The current garage does not meet updated health and building codes. Town Meeting voters also approved funding initial design and other studies for a new public safety building, but turned down an amendment proposed by the Historical Commission to clarify provisions of the town’s demolition-delay bylaw, and lengthen the time that the town board can protect a historic building from demolition from 12 to 18 months. Town Meeting also voted against two items involving a property on Ice House Road; the Park and Recreation Commission proposed using the parcel for sports fields, while the Board of Selectmen sought authorization to lease the land to a private developer.

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