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Dublin: New fire tanker on docket at meeting

  • Dublin's Pretown meeting on Tuesday invited residents to discuss ballot issues and ask the Board of Selectman and petitioners about issues directly.
  • Dublin's Pretown meeting on Tuesday invited residents to discuss ballot issues and ask the Board of Selectman and petitioners about issues directly.
  • Dublin's Pretown meeting on Tuesday invited residents to discuss ballot issues and ask the Board of Selectman and petitioners about issues directly.
  • Dublin's Pretown meeting on Tuesday invited residents to discuss ballot issues and ask the Board of Selectman and petitioners about issues directly.

DUBLIN — Dublin residents and the Select Board packed into the lower level of the Town Hall on Tuesday evening for their Pre-Town Meeting to discuss the warrant and upcoming ballot issues.

Town Moderator Tim Clark read each article, before inviting the board and resident attendees to pose questions and/or comments. The same process was followed for petition articles, and petitioners discussed the issues, while vying for support from the community.

The controversial zoning ordinance amendment in Article 6, potentially allowing drive-throughs in Dublin, was not discussed at the meeting.

Thomas Vanderbilt, Dublin’s fire chief, commented on Article 11, which calls for $375,000 for a new tanker to replace the department’s current 25-year-old model. Selectman Sturdy Thomas, also a member of the Fire Department, said he has driven the tanker and it has had issues. He added that the tanker will get to where it needs to go for now, but that the Fire Department is overdue for a replacement.

Voters were interested in Article 16, which asks for $8,000 to scrape and paint the post office. The board agreed that after looking at the building it did need to be painted, but that the placards on the side of the building did not need to be replaced. One voter disagreed, but did not continue discussion after the board said they had looked into it.

Article 19 asks voters to raise $42,000 for the renovation of the library roof, which when inspected showed signs of wood rot. According to Allan Pinney, a write-in candidate for the open selectman seat, previous work on the building was not done properly.

Article 29, submitted by petition, asks voters “To suspend any further design activities on the traffic calming plan...,” citing that the new proposal “will have a significantly negative visual impact on the Upper Village.” The petitioner and a candidate for the selectman’s seat, Paul Delphia, presented extensively on the plan to reconstruct a section of road near Dublin School, which he said is expensive and unnecessary.

Select Board Chair Charlie Champagne expressed his disapproval of comments made by Delphia, which he said inferred that the board and Dublin School were guilty of collusion.

The traffic calming plan was approved by voters at Town Meeting two or three years ago, said Champagne, and the portion of funds coming from the town has already been put in the reserve account.

Hayden James can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or hjames@ledgertranscript.com.

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