New Hudson fire station approved at town meeting
HUDSON — The majority of the proposed warrant articles this year were approved by voters, including funding for a new fire station, which narrowly passed.
With just a 44 vote difference, residents approved a $2.9 million warrant article that will fund the design and construction of a new fire station on Lowell Road. Of this amount, $2.1 million will come from the unassigned fund balance and the remaining will be raised through taxes this year.
The new fire station will replace the current facility on Burns Hill Road and help solve some of the space issues fire personnel deal with at the current station. Rather than renovate that structure — which would have cost about $2.4 million — fire officials decided to look at building a new station instead.
The new location will also decrease response time, as the majority of the calls that the Burns Hill Station respond to are on Lowell Road.
Residents also approved a 2 percent wage increase for nine employees at the Rodgers Memorial Library; a $1,307 wage increase for the town clerk and tax collector; and two-year collective bargaining agreements with the Hudson Police Employees Association and the Hudson Highway Department.
The only warrant article that residents voted down was one that asked if user fees for Benson Park should be established by the board of selectmen.
All warrants on the school ballot were passed by voters. These included the roughly $52.3 million operating budget and a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the Teamsters, which includes the Hudson School District custodians, electricians, HVAC technicians and maintenance staff.
Voters also approved using $175,000 from the Capital Reserve School Renovation Fund in order to replace the roof of the gym and library at Alvirne High School
The only close vote was on a three-year collective bargaining agreement for school administrators. The final vote was 1,276 to 1,181 in favor of the warrant article.
A full rundown of the election results for both the town and the school can be found on the town’s website.
Despite the snowstorm, 2,529 ballots were cast on Tuesday.