Westport voters approve police raises, backhoe; reject two questions

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Photos by Rich Dionne Westport resident Jane Young asks a question during discussion of article 15, during Tuesday night's special meeting.

Photos by Rich Dionne
Westport resident Jane Young asks a question during discussion of article 15, during Tuesday night’s special meeting.

Westport voters approved most of the 20 questions put before them at Tuesday’s special town meeting.

Winning articles included $451,510 for retroactive police raises awarded by an arbitration panel, $125,000 for a new backhoe and perhaps as much as $862,000 to treat water delivered by Fall River to some 158 north Westport customers (although officials stressed that efforts are underway to come up with a better solution).

Two items were rejected, however.

Resident Paul Valcourt looks skyward during a discussion of an article.

Resident Paul Valcourt looks skyward during a discussion of an article.

By show of hands vote —121 no, to 98 yes — those present turned down Article 15 that called for a $22,000 annual payment in lieu of taxes deal proposed to help get the Noquochoke affordable housing plan going.

Nor did voters like Article 17, which would have prohibited members of the town Finance Committee from serving on other town committees with authority to make recommendations regarding spending town funds. That question went down by a wide margin.

Another controversial article, number 18, was passed over. That measure would have set term limits for town boards.

A total of 357 voters showed up for the meeting at the high school, a relatively high number for a special town meeting.

More details to follow in next week’s Westport Shorelines.

 

 

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