Voters Approve All Four Overrides
Local voters approved all four overrides in Thursday's Special Town Election.
Marblehead residents who made their way to the polls Thursday approved all four overrides on the Special Town Election ballot - meaning the Old Town House will soon be universally accessible; the Fire Department will get their new quint ladder truck; water and sewer officials can move forward with a proposed three-year drainage project; and Marblehead will acquire some new waterfront property.
Here's what you need to know about the overrides:
Question 1: The $4.9 million Drainage Project approved by town voters Thursday is scheduled to begin next year and is aimed at preventing the kind of damage that occurred during flash-flooding in October.
Although FEMA funding may lower the overall cost of the project, those planning the drain work wrote up the proposal assuming Marblehead won't receive any help from the state.
Planned Work Areas:
FY13: Atlantic Avenue; Washington at Atlantic; Spring and Essex.
FY14: Pleasant Street; School Street; Sewall Street; Bessom and Pleasant.
FY15: Garfield Street; Evans Road; Sewall to Pleasant.
The apparatus, which will be equipped with a 100-foot aerial ladder, will cost $1.1 million. The additional $150,000 will go toward training and making sure it pulls into the station with brand new equipment.
Fire Chief Jason Gilliland said he hopes to trade in Engine 3, a 1987 Mack Pumper and move the department's 1997 quint into reserve status.
Question 3: The $675,000 project to make the Old Town House universally accessible calls for the installation of a three-story elevator and two handicapped bathrooms.
At Town Meeting last month, Selectman Judy Jacobi said she was "thrilled" to announce that the town's Historical Commission had agreed to donate $65,000 toward the project.
Also pitching in for the project is Columbia Pictures, which Jacobi said made a $30,000 donation to the project after filming scenes there earlier this month.
After factoring in those two donations, the overall cost of the project is now $580,168. The cost to a median Marblehead homeowner will be $12.27 a year for the next five years.
Question 4: The town can now move forward with the purchase of the recently rehabilitated Chadwick Lead Mills property, paving the way for a new waterfront recreation spot in Marblehead.
The 5-acre site, located off of Lafayette Street near the Salem/Marblehead line, will be purchased for approximately $1.6 million. The land acquisition is a collaborative purchase between Marblehead and Salem - with Marblehead paying $1.5 million of the total cost.
Although it would be deemed conservation land and would be maintained by the Marblehead Conservancy, the proposal allows for "passive recreation."
The purchase would cost the median single-family household in Marblehead about $10.57 a year over 20 years.
The site is expected to be an open waterfront meadow with a small attached parking lot.
Here are the unofficial results, posted Thursday tonight at Abbot Hall:
Question 1 - Drainage Project:
Question 2 - Quint Ladder Truck:
Question 3 - Old Town House Renovations:
Question 4 - Lead Mills Purchase:
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