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

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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