Walpole meeting OK’s $20 million more for buildings


The Boston Globe | By Johanna Seltz
October 21, 2016

Walpole’s Town Meeting has approved spending close to $20 million more to build new police and fire stations and a senior center, with the bulk of the money going to the fire station.

Previous Town Meetings already had appropriated money for all three projects, but approval was needed for the additional money to move forward with construction, according to Town Administrator Jim Johnson. The changes won’t require a tax-limit override, he said.

Johnson said selectmen expect to award the contract by the end of October to build the new police station. The Oct. 17 Special Town Meeting approved another $1.4 million for the project, bringing the total cost to $10.4 million.
Selectmen are reviewing bids for the $14.2 million fire station, Johnson said. The Special Town Meeting approved spending $12.6 million for the construction, adding to money appropriated in 2015 and earlier this year.

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