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Hadley voters approve 3 override questions, nix 2

HADLEY — Town residents approved three capital spending projects totaling $1,075,750 in a special town election Thursday.

At the same time, residents voted against the purchase of two dump trucks totaling $168,000 for the Department of Public Works.

The ballot consisted of five questions seeking Proposition 2½ debt-exclusion overrides to pay for items for the school, police, fire and public works departments.

A total of 427 votes were cast, said Town Clerk Jessica Spanknebel, representing about 12 percent of voters in town. Voting took place between noon and 8 p.m. Thursday.

The Select Board and the town’s Capital Planning Committee endorsed putting the debt-exclusion override questions before voters, and residents approved placing them on the ballot at Town Meeting on May 1.

In Thursday’s election, residents approved overrides to pay for the following:

■ by a vote of 220-206, buying and equipping a heavy rescue and pumper truck for the Fire Department for $761,250;

■ by 260-166, buying and installing new radio equipment for the police and fire departments and communications center for $179,500;

■ by 237-188, purchasing two generators for the school department for $135,000.

Voters rejected by 247-179 the purchase of one dump truck for $83,000, and by 284-139 the purchase of another that would cost $85,000.

Each measure required a simple majority for approval.

Gena Mangiaratti can be reached at gmangiaratti@gazettenet.com.

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