The Department of Public Works and the town's Permanent Building Committee will spend the next few months retooling plans for a new DPW facility after an article requesting more money for its design failed at Special Town Meeting.
"We're just going to have to regroup - maybe downsize the project or do it in phases, I'm not sure," said DPW Director of Operations Robert Hoffman.
The item was among the most extensively discussed at last Wednesday's meeting, which lasted over three hours. The request for the town to appropriate $995,000 for engineering and architechtural services was soundly defeated, with 160 votes against and 59 in favor. Because it required the town to borrow the money, the article would have needed 107 votes to pass.
Another hot topic at the meeting was an article that would amend the town bylaws to allow designated town officials to give citations for environmental, health and some other violations.
The measure passed 82-61, after the meeting members revised the fine structure so that instead of a $100 fine on the first offense, a violator would be issued a warning. Second violations will earn a $100 fine, third violations a $200 fine, and fourth and subsequent violations will earn a $300 fine.
The meeting members also approved eight other articles, including an appopriation of $50,000 in Community Preservation Act funds to study preservation and re-use of the Old Library and Josiah Smith Tavern buildings and to re-zone the parcels on which they stand.
-- Stephanie V. Siek
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