Minot fire station project rejected for third time

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MINOT — Voters on Friday soundly rejected a proposal to renovate and expand the town’s Central Fire Station.

The vote was 158 to 28.

It was the third year in a row the project went down in defeat.

The proposed 44- by 64-foot addition carried a $536,000 price tag which would have cost taxpayers an estimated $66,000 annually for the next 10 years at current borrowing rates.

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Selectmen this year decided to put the issue before voters at the polls during scheduled elections for municipal and school officials.

Voters on Friday also re-elected Eda Tripp for another term on the Board of Selectmen, with 175 votes; and re-elected Julie Rioux and Scott Tiner to the RSU 16 School Committee, with 144 and 141 votes, respectively.

The town meeting will reconvene at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Minot Consolidated School gymnasium to act on the annual budget.

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