LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Longmeadow Town Meeting members are deciding whether to build a new, multi-million dollar DPW facility.
Residents voted Tuesday night for or against acquiring the land and building the facility at a cost of more than $21 million dollars.
The Longmeadow Department of Public Works building is more than 80 years old, and the department has outgrown the facility.
Town Manager Stephen Crane told 22News it would be too expensive to re-locate the major utility lines running through the property. He said the building’s location in a flood plane would cause difficulties insuring the structure.
Some residents believe the current facility is fine, and expressed frustration at the anticipated increase in property taxes of about $200 for the average homeowner.
“The building is at the bottom of the hill is from my understanding is on a brown field, there is hazardous materials, they’re falling apart,” Longmeadow resident David Morse said.
“It’s an absolute waste of money,” Longmeadow resident Michael Henderson said. “The current location is a fine one. In the event of flooding, or whatever, the trucks could be evacuated from there.”
The two articles voted on Tuesday required a 2/3 majority of those at the town meeting in order to pass. If the article to approve building the new facility passes, the issue will be put to a final vote in the town election on June 13, where a majority of voters would need to approve building the new DPW for it to finally pass.
The town is discussing a total of more than 40 articles, the town meeting will continue tomorrow night.