Jamaica voters have another say on Town Garage


JAMAICA — The fate of the Town Garage depends on the outcome of a re-vote Tuesday.

Asked whether town officials have alleviated residents' concerns, Select Board member Lexa Clark said, "We hope to have had."

"We did all our work possible that we could do and hopefully, we answered all the questions that they needed answered," she added.

An informational meeting on May 10 brought 25 people out to hear more about the project. A civil engineer told residents the project would be above base-flood elevation. The term has to do with estimating flooding events for every 100 years.

Clark said she did not know if concerned residents were happy with the information. A permit application for zoning was submitted to the state.

"They're reviewing it," Clark said. "If it (the bond) gets passed then everything will start in motion."

The plan is to replace the current structure with one about double its size. Safety and storage issues were pointed to as reasons for the project.

The not-to-exceed $750,000 bond was approved by voters at annual Town Meeting on March 1. But the town received a petition with 68 signatures, which met a requirement to hold a re-vote. At least 10 percent of Jamaica's voters had signed the document. Besides location for the town garage, residents cited concerns around cost and scope.

The Select Board scheduled the re-vote for Tuesday, 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.

Voters will be asked the following question: "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?"

If approved, the board anticipates making a decision on whether to obtain a bond with a lifetime of 20 or 25 years before the Municipal Bond Bank deadline of June 16 for applications.

Maddi Shaw can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 275. Chris Mays can be reached at cmays@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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