One resident who identified himself as a professional mariner spoke in support, saying the Coast Guard assists only in dire emergencies, and that he would like to see his fees go toward such a boat.
The new boat will have double the fuel capacity, more lifesaving equipment, and be able to rescue more people in a single trip, according to Police Chief Phillip Tavares. The article passed by majority vote.
Voters did not settle the debate over replacing the wheelchair lift at the town office building. An article to appropriate $34,000 for the project failed after town officials said the existing lift had been repaired and that they had not determined whether it should be replaced with a lift or an elevator.
According to the town clerk’s office, 302 voters turned out for the meeting at Furnace Brook Middle School.
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