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Lincoln voters to decide on rebuilding bridge, levee
Less certain, however, is what will happen to a more than 50-year-old levee located a short distance away, near the center of town. That levee, Burbank said, was also damaged by Tropical Storm Irene and by Superstorm Sandy.
The selectmen have scheduled a public hearing on the funding request for 6 p.m. Thursday. Voters will ultimately decide the matter at Town Meeting on March 11.
The Army Corps of Engineers made the levee "inactive" in 2007, Burbank said. But for many years earlier, much development — some $10 million worth, according to the town manager —has taken place behind it. To protect that development, which generates tax revenue and includes several condominium communities, residences and part of a hotel, Burbank said the municipality would need to restore the levee to its original, 1960 standards.
Some residents are opposed to spending taxpayer dollars to protect and improve the value of private property, while still other residents are questioning whether the rehabilitated levee would perform as hoped, he said.
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