Scituate held their Annual Town Meeting at the high school Monday night and approved a $58.3 million dollar operating budget for fiscal 2013.
They also appropriated $375,000 for a town and school building improvement feasibility study. Selectman chair Tony Vegnani says the Board of Selectmen is looking at a few scenarios to build a new middle school, as well as other town buildings.
“A preliminary plan would be to move the town hall to the existing Gates Middle School, moving the police and fire station in some sort of joint capacity to North Scituate, which would allow better service to the West End and Minot, and building a new middle school at the site of the current town hall,” Vegnani said.
Also voted in was a $5.9 million dollar, 20 year Energy Savings Contract with AMERESCO, for guaranteed savings for energy efficient municipal buildings.
Town meeting also voted to hiring a new facilities manager at $85,000 a year, slipping it into the public works budget line item. However not everyone was happy with it. One Scituate resident questioned why selectmen brought it back, after an article for the position was voted down at last year’s town meeting.
“Last year, the taxpaying citizens voted against this article. Weren’t you all listening to what the taxpayers said? Now you’re back again!” the resident said.
There was also a favorable vote on a non-binding resolution, calling for safety improvements at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant as a condition for re-licensing.
Town meeting got through all the articles on the warrant.