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February 3, 2013

Fire truck purchase headed to Town Meeting

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There was lengthy discussion over proposed conflict of interest ordinance revisions, which voters ultimately weakened due to concerns they would be too restrictive.

Former Selectman Jack Sapia and resident Leon Artus disagreed over creation of a $10,000 legal capital reserve.

Sapia supports the fund. He wanted more money added to protect the town from unnecessary budget adjustments arising from legal cases, especially frivolous ones.

“They’re not defending themselves,” Sapia said of officials. “They’re defending the town.”

Voters, however, rejected his proposal to add $10,000 to the article, 19 to 25.

Artus didn’t like the idea of taxpayers being on the hook for bad decisions by officials. “There’s room for abuse,” Artus said.

Voters have a final say on all matters at the Town Meeting ballot box March 12.

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