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Charlestown voters approve beach upgrades, budget

June 11, 2011

CHARLESTOWN – It's official – the town beaches will be improved with new facilities.

Voters were asked this past Monday, June 6 to approve a warrant item asking if the town should spend $1.19 million to construct permanent facilities at Charlestown Town Beach and Blue Shutters. And those who actually voted – less than 600 voters turned out – were in favor.
The final vote count was 320-256.

Parks and Recreation Department Director Jay Primiano said that his department is elated over the news. “I am very proud of my staff and the group of professionals and volunteers associated with this project,” he said.

“And I am indebted to the Town Council for having the foresight to assist in forming an ad hoc committee that was able to work in such a timely manner without regard for their own personal time.”

Echoing that sentiment was council President Thomas Gentz. He thanked Primiano, Town Administrator William DiLibero, and the ad hoc committee for their effort. He also showed appreciation for their work in making presentations and hosting workshops that he said “made the voters feel this is the right thing for the town.”

Without that kind of hard work, Gentz said, this would not have happened. “I'm very proud of everybody,” he added.

According to numbers presented by the Budget Commission, the permanent facilities have been estimated to cost $1.19 million, which would be paid for by a 20-year tax-exempt bond issue, grants, and/or donations.

The permanent facilities are estimated to last at least 50 years and cost $1.66 million over the course of the bond issue, which is speculated to have 3.5 percent interest rates.

Voters were also asked to approve the proposed $25.50 million budget for fiscal year 2011-12, which they did by a vote of 360-217.

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