Norwell: Police station project goes to ballot vote after being rejected at town meeting

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Norwell will hold an election this Saturday to get majority approval for a debt exclusion override to build a $5 million police station on route 53 next to the existing fire station. At the special town meeting on November 21st, the station article did not get the 2/3rds vote needed from the community; it was only five votes short of passing.

At the Norwell selectmen’s meeting Wednesday night, Chair John Mariano explained that if the ballot vote approves the police station project, another special town meeting will be held to also get approval. For the project to begin, two votes must pass, “Both of those things have to be passed in order to be able to exclude the limits of proposition 2 ½ and bond the money. If one of those fails and the other one passes, then you just need to go back and do the one that failed because at the end of the day both need to pass,” said Mariano

Mariano stated that the police station is the town building in the worst condition and work must be done to the station.

“What we heard at town meeting was not whether or not we need to do something with our existing station. I think the real question was what is the magnitude of the solution? Is the solution to build a new police station up on Route 53? Or is the solution to renovate the existing station?” said Mariano.

The Norwell election will be held December 3rd from 8AM to 6PM at the Norwell Middle School.

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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.