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$80K for parking lot feasibility study, $120K for new ambulance approved at town meeting

  • Peterborough residents agreed to buy a new ambulance and study the possibility of a parking lot behind the GAR Hall at Wednesday's Town Meeting
  • Peterborough residents agreed to buy a new ambulance and study the possibility of a parking lot behind the GAR Hall at Wednesday's Town Meeting
  • Peterborough residents agreed to buy a new ambulance and study the possibility of a parking lot behind the GAR Hall at Wednesday's Town Meeting
  • Peterborough residents agreed to buy a new ambulance and study the possibility of a parking lot behind the GAR Hall at Wednesday's Town Meeting
  • Peterborough residents agreed to buy a new ambulance and study the possibility of a parking lot behind the GAR Hall at Wednesday's Town Meeting
  • Peterborough residents agreed to buy a new ambulance and study the possibility of a parking lot behind the GAR Hall at Wednesday's Town Meeting
  • Peterborough residents agreed to buy a new ambulance and study the possibility of a parking lot behind the GAR Hall at Wednesday's Town Meeting
  • Peterborough residents agreed to buy a new ambulance and study the possibility of a parking lot behind the GAR Hall at Wednesday's Town Meeting

Peterborough voters approved $80,000 to be used to study the feasibility of constructing a parking lot behind the GAR building on Grove Street at the open session of Town Meeting on Wednesday.

DPW Director Rodney Bartlett said the first phase of the study would be a technical review of the site, which sits on a former rail bed adjacent to the Contoocook River. He said the town expects to spend up to $17,000 for a site walk, review of data and the permitting process and an assessment report. If any of that information indicates the land is not suitable for a lot, the rest of the money would not be spent, Bartlett said.

Voters also approved a $120,000 lease purchase agreement to buy a new ambulance, with $60,000 to go to the first year’s payment. Funding is to come from the town’s Ambulance Special Revenue Fund, made up of revenue brought in by the ambulance service. The town had initially planned to ask for $240,000 for a full-size ambulance, but said a smaller Type II van-style ambulance will be less expensive to buy and maintain and more comfortable for both patients and ambulance staff.

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