Jamaica Town Garage project goes to revote


JAMAICA — Residents will get another say on whether the Town Garage should be replaced.

After approval at annual Town Meeting on March 1, a petition received at Town Offices on March 29 requires the project go to another town-wide vote.

Select Board Chairman Paul Fraser said the standard percentage of voters needed for a petition to signal a revote is 5 percent.

"But, because this a bond vote, the law is a little vague," he said. "To put a bond forward, it requires 10 percent. But the law does not specify what to do to revote. Our town attorney writes us that he agrees with the Secretary of State in that the same percentage to put it forward ought to prevail for a revote."

The town used the 10 percent figure and the petition had enough signatures. Town Clerk Pamela Tweedy said 68 signatures were collected.

Residents had raised concerns about the cost and scope of the project. The plan is to construct a building about twice the size of the current facility to address safety and storage concerns.

The Select Board scheduled the revote for May 17 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Residents can cast their vote via Australian ballot at Town Office and absentee voting can be arranged.

The question on the table is: "Shall general obligation bonds or notes of the Town of Jamaica in an amount not to exceed $750,000, subject to reduction from available grants-in-aid, be issued to finance the cost of public works building construction at an estimated cost of $750,000?"

Another informational meeting on May 10 at the Town Hall starts at 6:30 p.m.

Contact Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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