By an overwhelming margin Tuesday, the voters in the Fire District chose to acquire a 3.7-acre Main Street parcel where officials hope to someday build a new fire station.
Four years after district officials twice tried and narrowly failed to achieve the needed two-thirds majority vote in favor of the acquisition, voters Tuesday night approved the measure by a margin of 194-22.
The committee that oversees the town's fire district voted unanimously Wednesday afternoon to enter into a purchase and sales agreement for a 3.7-acre Main Street parcel where officials hope to build a new fire station.
The Fire District has been approved for a $1,953,440.52 budget for fiscal 2018.
Water district members met May 9 in the Fire Station garage to vote for the almost $2 million budget, of which $1,906,440.52 will be raised by water revenue.
The Board of Selectmen walked out of Monday's meeting thinking that a study to look at the financial viability of Village Ambulance Service would be paid for by the town, Williams College, the service and the Williamstown Fire District.
That was news to the members of the Prudential Committee that governs the fire district.
The Fire District on Tuesday night approved a $582,000 tax bill that represents a 4.24 percent decrease from the fiscal year 2016 appropriation.
The three-person Prudential Committee that oversees the district faced a number of questions but no dissenting votes from the dozen or so residents who attended the annual Fire District meeting at the Water Street station.
Do not expect any fireworks when the town’s Fire District holds its annual meeting on Tuesday evening.
Unlike the annual town meeting a couple of weeks ago, the business of the fire district will be fairly routine when it sits down to approve the fiscal 2017 budget at the fire station at 8 p.m.
Tuesday's business begins with the annual fire district election of officers for the coming year. The polls open at 6 at the fire station.
The Williamstown Fire District on Wednesday hired John's Tractor and Excavating Service of Lanesborough to install a new driveway and apron in front of the Water Street station.
The Prudential Committee, which governs the fire district, at its monthly meeting discussed the seven bids it received for the project. The quoted prices ranged from a high of $53,891 to the low, the accepted bid of $28,755.