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Arlington holds special vote on fire projects

Posted by Jason Woods  May 10, 2010 10:33 AM

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The ongoing annual Town Meeting will be interrupted tonight by a Special Town Meeting session, with one of its articles asking members to appropriate about $5 million for renovations and repairs at the Fire Department’s Highland station and its headquarters in Arlington Center, both dating to the 1920s.

The department is seeking to drop the floor of the Highland station, at 1007 Massachusetts Ave., by 20 inches so modern fire engines can fit into the building.

Repairs at the fire headquarters include work to waterproof the building. The annual Town Meeting has already approved senior safety zones, which will allow the town to set a 20 mile-per-hour speed limit in areas frequented by older residents.

Town Meeting also adopted the Stretch Energy Code, which requires at least 20 percent more energy efficiency for new residential and commercial buildings than is required under the basic building regulations.

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