Scituate: Special Town Meeting approves water mains, library expansion

Scituate held a special town meeting Monday night which packed the high school gym. The Meeting passed every funding request presented during it. Those included two big budget items: $22 million for new water mains, and $7 million for expansion and renovation of the public library.

The water main project would remove tea colored water from homes and add $50 to the average water bill. Voters seemed compelled to vote in favor because of arguments the $50 would not exceed the cost of bottled water, clogged filters and replacement of stained laundry.

A large number of voters turned out for the library project. No one spoke against it and, after a half hour of discussion, a motion to move the question easily passed. The vote to approve the funding passed unanimously by voice. Library supporters have worked for 10 years on the plan and have secured a $5 million grant from the state, contingent on the town spending the other $7 million to complete the project. The Friends of the Library have raised $650,000 to defray costs and have a goal of raising $2 million.

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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.