To the Editor:
Your report in the October 27 Community Advocate concerning the items approved at Shrewsbury Town Meeting omitted an important detail. Article 6 noted that the town voted to spend $70,000 for the acquisition and restoration of an antique fire engine. This is money that will come from the Community Preservation Fund, which by law is to be used for historic preservation, open space, affordable housing, and outdoor recreation. The 1926 American LaFrance Fire Engine was purchased by the town in 1926 and appeared in our 200th anniversary parade in 1927. It was in service in the town for 56 years. The current owner, a former Shrewsbury resident now living in Texas, is giving the machine to the town. The $70,000 will cover shipping it here, and allows some funds for restoration. No other town funds will be used.
Community Preservation Committee