Duxbury: Community approves school project to go to ballot, solar array project moves forward

More than a thousand Duxbury residents showed up for the 9AM special town meeting Saturday morning. The large turnout was in connection with Article 1, to see if the town would spend $77 million on a new co-located middle/high school.The community seemed divided on the issue, unsure if the school would benefit the town and students or if tax payers were digging themselves into a hole.

Like many Duxbury residents, Greg Hunter was vocal at the meeting about his opinion, “I am extremely disappointed that no one got up this morning and apologized to everyone in the town. The school committee or members of the school board should have apologized to use for allowing the buildings to get to this deplorable condition and forcing us to be at this point.”

After three hours of presentations and discussion, the article finally passed the two-thirds vote needed. However the school project is not set in stone, now the question will go to a ballot vote next Saturday November 5th.

The community also voted in favor of Article 4, which allows a third-party to take ownership of the solar array project on Mayflower Street. At no cost to the town, the third-party owner will be responsible for installation, operation, and maintenance. The owner will then sell the energy back to the town at a discounted rate.

Eleanore MacKay from the Finance Committee spoke in favor of the article, “The site capitalizes on a capped landfill. As it has no trees and can’t be built upon, is the perfect location. This is an environmentally and economically beneficial asset to our community.”

According to the Alternative Energy Committee, the annual town saving’s could be up to $45,000. The solar arrays could be in place by next fall.

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About Trisha McNeilly

With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.