NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – Voters will be asked Tuesday to approve plans for a new Department of Public Works facility on Douglas Road at a Special Town Meeting.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Northbridge Middle School auditorium, 171 Linwood Ave.
Recommended by the Northbridge Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee and Building, Planning and Construction Committee, the proposal is to purchase the former Old Colony Stationary at 371 Douglas Road for $995,000.
The estimate to refurbish the 29,200 square foot building for DPW use and make some repairs to the current DPW facility on Fletcher Street, is $2.1 million.
Article 2 on the two-article town meeting warrant requests the purchase and renovation, borrowing and exempting the money from Proposition 2 ½, which limits a yearly increase on property tax rates to 2.5 percent.
The money cannot be borrowed unless voters at a special election, scheduled for Dec. 17, agree to the exemption.
Town Manager Theodore Kozak said the debt exclusion will cost taxpayers with homes valued at $265,000 an average of $38.53 per year for the 20-year life of the loan.
Article 1 on the warrant asks voters to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire, by purchase, gift or eminent domain, an easement on property at 2-4 Fletcher St. for accessing and maintaining Douglas Road and the Douglas Road bridge, which currently is being reconstructed.