Shrewsbury approves sewer, water project
By Joan Goodchild
Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury wrapped up the second night of Annual Town Meeting May 18 by approving the remaining articles from a 45-article warrant, including several relating to maintenance and upgrades to the town's sewer system.
Among those easily passed by Town Meeting members was Article 29, which was a request for $550,000 to be appropriated for improvements to the Browning Road Sewer Pump Station.
Article 30, which sought approval from members for phase two of a construction and reconstruction project to improve sewer lines that run from Grafton Street to the former sewer treatment facility located on the Shrewsbury-Northborough town line, was also passed unanimously.
Articles 31 and 36 related to sewer infrastructure repairs around the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge. This bridge, connects Shrewsbury and Worcester via Route 9 over Lake Qunsigamond It is due to be replaced next year as part of a state program.
“There is some sewer and water infrastructure that is within the limits of the work of the bridge replacement,” Town Manager Daniel Morgado explained during the meeting. “What we would like to do is make improvements to that infrastructure as part of the bridge project. This will be included in the work that is being done by that contractor, so it will be a very efficient way to make sure infrastructure is up to snuff. We don's want to be in a situation that after they get the new bridge done we have to go out into that work and dig it all up.”
Another six articles that requested funds for sewer and water projects throughout the town were also approved. Articles seeking funds for the operation and upkeep of the Donahue Rowing Center, a bus operated by the Council on Aging, and $72,000 for counseling and educational services under contract with Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services, also were approved with little or no discussion.
The only article defeated on the second night of meeting, Article 42, was a request for members to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift a parcel of land situated on Norwood Avenue. The parcel in question is no longer available for purchase, so the measure was defeated. Per the town's bylaws, once an article is on the warrant, it must be approved or defeated.
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