Yarmouth voters narrowly approve bond referendums

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YARMOUTH — By nearly identical narrow margins, voters Tuesday approved borrowing $2.88 million for a Public Works Department garage expansion and $1.3 million to renovate the artificial turf field at Yarmouth High School.

The garage bond passed 2,806 to 2,539; the turf field bond carried by 2,898 to 2,502. Voter turnout in the town was 76 percent, according to the town clerk’s office.

The garage bond will add two bays, one for washing and another for maintenance. It would also include the purchase of a $375,000 home and property.

Although a small section of the residential property would be immediately used to expand employee parking and improve vehicle turning space, the future use of the remainder of the 3/4-acre property is unknown, town officials said.

The bond for the field, recommended by the Town Council in August, includes new turf, additional shock absorption, a new drainage system and other improvements.

The proposal excludes extra amenities such as a concession stand, team locker rooms, additional bleachers and a new lighting system.

With approval of both bonds, the town’s debt will increase by about $4.4 million before interest, according to town estimates. Current outstanding debt is about $16 million.

Will Graff can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or wgraff@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @W_C_Graff.