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The fire station needs a new roof at a cost of about $85,000.
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Rot was found in the roof in the back section.

Cheshire Sets Special Town Meeting for Roof Repair

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — There will be a special town meeting Thursday, Oct. 4, to transfer funds needed to repair the fire station roof.

Town meeting will decide on only one article: whether to transfer $85,000 from the stabilization fund to make emergency repairs to a portion of the fire station roof that recently collapsed.

The town initially wanted to make minor repairs to that section of the roof but extensive rot was found. This caused work to stop.

In early August, this portion of the ceiling collapsed over the chief's office and the bathrooms.

The town was concerned that the rest of the roof may also be in dire condition but after a survey, it was found that only this part of the roof was an immediate issue.

However, this rebuild of the roof is still slated to cost more than $80,000.

The Selectmen made the decision in early September to schedule a town meeting immediately to finish work before snowfall.

The town has almost $600,000 in stabilization and the article needs a two-thirds majority vote to pass.

The special town meeting will be held at the Community Center at 7 p.m.on Thursday.

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