Norwell: Special town meeting votes in new police station – artificial turf athletic fields

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Residents packed the Norwell special town meeting at the middle school Monday night and voted 557 to 149, overwhelmingly in favor of an article to support $5.2 million in spending on the construction of a new police station, as an addition to the fire station on Route 53.

However some residents, like former selectman Don Mauch, spoke out against measure.

“People have had it in the town of Norwell. We are overtaxed. The senior citizens are moving out. All anybody has to do is to take a look at the number of houses that are on the market in this town.”

A special town election for the debt exclusion override for the police station proposal is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, at the middle school.

Town meeting also voted against an article to lower the community preservation surcharge from 3% to 2%, to lessen the tax burden of the police station project.

They voted in favor of an article to appropriate $2.9 million in community preservation funds for a new artificial turf football field, multiuse field and track at Norwell High School.

Athletic Field Committee member Eric Thorbahn informed town meeting that funds had already been privately raised, to pay for the actual artificial turf.

“Because the community preservation act clearly states that no CPA money can be used to acquire artificial turf, this line item has been removed from the budget. Private fund raising has taken place and the entire amount needed to enter into a contract with the turf company, is completed,” Thorbahn said.

Special town meeting got through all the articles on the warrant.

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