Top Stories 2012: Northbridge Voters Fund Maintenance Programs

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Steams rises as the town of Northbridge DPW resurfaces Quaker Street using a hot-in-place asphalt recycling system. Photo Credit: Deborah Gauthier

NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – Northbridge voters may have consistently rejected plans to build a new Department of Public Works facility in 2012, but they did acknowledge their support to maintain town property.

At the annual spring Town Meeting, voters approved the expenditure of $635,000 for a Memorial Town Hall Renovation project that includes restoring all its windows.

Built in 1825, Memorial Town Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Voters also approved $625,000 for a five-year, $2.5 million road improvement plan that began last summer with hot-in-place asphalt recycling resurfacing of Mendon Road and Quaker Street.

Much of the funding for road maintenance will come from the state's Chapter 90 program.

Also approved by voters at the fall town meeting was a plan to fund a building maintenance program using PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) expected when the town enters into a solar power agreement with one of the three proposals under consideration.

Shunned by voters was a $900,000 proposal for artificial turf at Lasell Field on Linwood Avenue.

In a secret ballot, town meeting voters in April supported the project, 127 to 92, but the capital outlay exclusion sought at the town election in May was defeated, 632 to 1,084.

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