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.