Newbury: Fire station falls short again

Monitor staff
Published: 3/14/2019 3:02:42 PM

Newbury voters came close to approving a measure to construct a new fire department building, but for a second year fell just shy of the two-thirds majority it needed to pass, according to Town Administrator Dennis Pavlicek.

The no vote on that article, No. 3, also rendered No. 13, to form a study committee for that building, irrelevant.

Article 12, which would have added $500,000 to the safety services capital reserve fund, was also rejected. That article was written to only be used if the full building failed.

The only other article to fail was the $24,000 for the first year payment toward a complete town history. Additional payments of $24,000 would have also been asked for in 2020 and 2021, according to the article.

Pavlicek said it seemed that voters thought the project could be done for less money or be a smaller book.

All other warrant article passed as written.

The operating budget of $4.2 million passed unanimously, Pavlicek said.

The petition warrant article, which asks the town to hold public hearings before expanding the Newbury Town Dock, spurred much discussion, but ultimately passed as well.

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