Sheffield voters to decide whether or not to purchase new fire truck

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SHEFFIELD — Residents will be asked at a Special Town Meeting Feb. 26 to decide whether to buy a new fire truck and fund scheduled improvements to Town Hall.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Sheffield Senior Center, 25 Cook Road, and is open to all members of the community.

The first article will see whether the town will vote to purchase and equip a new fire truck for Sheffield.

The article does not set a budget for the expense, but says the price will be paid through Sheffield's Fire Truck Stabilization Fund. All together, a new fire truck can cost $350,000 to $450,000 including equipment, according to national estimates. The new truck, if voters approve the expense, would replace one from 1988.

Access project

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The meeting's second article asks voters to spend $46,194 to provide the final funding necessary to complete an accessibility project at Town Hall. The money would come from funds set aside in 2008 to study the feasibility of a new highway garage.

Despite a committee's work to plan a new garage, that project fell by the wayside. The movement to build a new garage for Sheffield was reinvigorated in 2016 when the Highway Design Garage Committee formed. Since the committee is largely looking at prefabricated buildings, Town Administrator Rhonda LaBombard said it is less likely to need all the funding set aside for it years ago.

In the Town Hall project, plans call for the building to get a new back entry that will feature a covered entrance and access for people with disabilities.

The work is expected to cost about $280,000 in total. Most of the project is being paid for by a Community Development Block Grant. The money the town may provide would cover project add-ons and unanticipated costs. Officials expect the work will be completed in the spring or summer.

Kristin Palpini can be reached at kpalpini@berkshireeagle.com, @kristinpalpini on Twitter, and (413) 629-4621.


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