Weather postpones Westhampton public safety complex vote

  • The Westhampton public safety complex. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 2/28/2021 2:07:07 PM

WESTHAMPTON — A special Town Meeting to vote on a new $4.3 million public safety complex in Westhampton has been postponed to March 6 because of bad weather.

The meeting was scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m, in the Hampshire Regional High School parking lot. However, due to unfavorable weather reports for Saturday, the meeting was postponed, an action recommended by the Select Board on Thursday.

“In consultation with the Select Board I determined that the weather poses a threat to public health, safety and general welfare of people attending an outdoor meeting in Westhampton,” wrote town Moderator Benjamin Warren, as part of the Friday letter in which he announced the postponement of the meeting.

The rescheduled meeting is set to take place this Saturday, March 6, at 1 p.m. in the Hampshire Regional High School parking lot, with attendees asked to stay in their vehicles for most of it. The only item on the warrant is whether to authorize the borrowing of money for the demolition of the current public safety complex at 48 Stage Road and the construction of another at that site.

It will require a two-thirds affirmative vote to pass. If it does, there will be a town vote the following weekend, March 13, on a Proposition 2½ debt exclusion override. The override vote would need to pass with a simple majority in order for the project to move forward.

While a new public safety complex passed Town Meeting in 2018, the voters voted down a $4.4 million debt exclusion to fund it that same year. The complex houses Westhampton’s fire and police departments.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.




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