Town Meeting tackles controversial questions over two nights
Voters at Spring Town Meeting made decisions on some of Wareham’s most controversial issues over the course of two nights.
Across Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25, Town Meeting recommended that the Sewer Commission cancel its contract with an outside engineering firm to replace the sewer line in the Swifts Beach neighborhood and urged the Select Board and Town Counsel to further investigate what stake A.D. Makepeace has in the ownership of the Parker Mills Dam.
More substantively, Town Meeting voted to approve taller, denser mixed-use buildings on Main Street as part of the Redevelopment Authority’s urban renewal plan, and to hire an engineer, at a cost of $50,000, to investigate possibly illegal earth removal in town.
Town Meeting voted 71-40 to give $300,000 in Community Preservation Act funds to Pennrose’s Littleton Drive housing project in the Swifts Beach neighborhood, but almost unanimously denied $400,000 requested by Dakota Partners’ Woodland Cove project on Red Brook Road.
Town Meeting passed a $78.6 million budget for Fiscal Year 2024, approved $7.5 million in funding to repair the Middle School’s leaky roof and approved $1.08 million in Community Preservation Act funds for the renovation of Bayview Park in Onset.
With the same funds, voters approved $48,000 for the Wareham Land Trust to purchase 12 acres of conservation land, thus creating four miles of walking trails in the area between Route 25 and Red Brook Road. They also created a $100,000-a-year revolving fund for the upkeep of playgrounds in town.