Norwell: Town meeting to vote on land purchase, police station design funding

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Norwell voters will decide this week whether the town should buy 25 acres of undeveloped land on Mount Blue Street–land that was once owned by a slave who is believed to have been the first African-American man to live in town.

The property abuts 260 acres of open space owned by the Nature Conservancy and the town.

The measure going before town meeting includes a total allocation of $1.25 million, but officials say they will only proceed if the state approves a $500,000 reimbursement grant. If approved, it would be Norwell’s single largest land purchase since it adopted the Community Preservation Act.

Also on the warrant is an article asking for $400,000 to allow the town to begin work on designing a new police station that would be next to the existing fire station on Route 53. The estimated cost of the new police station is $4.1 million, and would likely to be funded by a debt exclusion.

Voters will also be asked if the town should adopt a state law that would allow it to levy a 0.75 % tax on meals and will be asked to approve a $41.5 million operational budget for fiscal year 2012.

Town Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the gymnasium at the Norwell Middle School.

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