NEWTON — A bond to renovate the town's police station was rejected by voters yesterday.

For the second straight year, police Chief Larry Streeter asked for the renovations to the station.

Last year's warrant article asked for $924,000. This year, thanks to low construction costs, Streeter was able to ask for the same renovations with a price tag of $742,000. Last year's article was defeated 414-494. This year, it failed, but received a majority of the vote. There were 571 people who voted yes while 472 voted no. It received 54 percent approval but needed 60 percent.

Constructed in 1982 as a post office and converted into a police station in 1993, the building has no space for interrogations, and police keep their files in a storage shed.

The renovation would have increased the station's size from 1,500 square feet to 4,700 square feet.

Residents voted on 44 articles yesterday. Along with the police station, they also handily rejected an article requesting a town manager, 283-715, and rejected an article to appropriate $0 for a part-time permit clerk.

In contested races, incumbent Trisha McCarthy was re-elected to the Board of Selectmen, defeating Charles Melvin 557-452. Deidre Castle defeated current treasurer Brenda Fiers, 480-355.


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