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Article on Bradford town hall restoration to be reconsidered

An article seeking a two-thirds vote to approve a $1.8 million bond to restore Bradford Town Hall will be reconsidered in a new vote on an undetermined date. Votes will not be not recounted, as the Monitor reported yesterday.

The tally at Wednesday’s town meeting showed residents favoring the expenditure by a 195-13 margin, but 205 votes were needed to pass the measure.

Bradford has been studying ways to revamp the historic landmark, built 150 years ago and vacant since November of 2011 because of mold and poor plumbing. Supporters hope to remodel the downstairs to house town offices and rebuild the upstairs town meeting hall, which would include a stage and room for 220 people.

A motion to reconsider surfaced late Wednesday night, after word spread that some voters had been given two ballots, bringing into question the integrity of the vote, according to Eileen Kelly, chairwoman of the restoration committee.

Kelly said bond issues can not be reconsidered for at least seven days, adding that the board of selectmen had not yet scheduled a meeting to resolve the issue.

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