At a lengthy and well attended Town Meeting, the article to rezone nearly 50 acres of land on Madison St. was defeated. Town voters also approved an annual budget of over $35 million, agreed to borrow $800,000 to fund road and side walk repairs, as well as asbestos abatement and driveway reconstruction at the elementary schools. An article to add agricultural accessory uses to the zoning bylaws was postponed indefinitely.
The Madison St. proposal needed two-thirds of town meeting voters to support it in order to pass. While most in attendance supported the amendment (247 to 178) it fell short of the two-thirds threshold.
The meeting adjourned at around 11:50 p.m. and will reconvene Tuesday night, at King Philip Regional High School at 7:30 p.m. to address the remaining articles. A more detailed account of the meeting will be posted later today.