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Hopefully you got your pamphlet in the mail about the two public information meetings coming up for the proposed municipal building. The first meeting is Monday, June 27, and the second is Monday, July 11. Both meetings will be at the town hall starting at 6 p.m. The vote itself is Tuesday, July 19, from noon to 8 p.m., also at the town hall.

This is obviously a big decision for our community. Having spent some time now around the town shed and the firehouse, I've seen firsthand how these old buildings desperately need to be replaced. The school bus garage is just as inadequate. And it makes sense to consolidate them in one structure to save on both construction and operating costs.

Here's my take on where we stand right now. Seems to me that most people recognize the need for a new firehouse, school bus garage, and town shed. The biggest reservations about this project that I've heard consistently all along have always had to do with moving the town hall out of the village. As I understand the point these residents are making, it's not about how many people actually do walk to the town hall as it is now, it's about whether they can if they feel like it. It's about how the community feels to them.

However you feel about all this, please attend these meetings. Ask questions, let your voice be heard, but please also try to keep an open mind. Whether the town hall is part of it or not, in my opinion it would be a real shame if this much-needed project goes down for that reason. It will cost us all a lot more money to put up these buildings separately. One way or another, though, it's going to be done. That much is certain.

Please also think about sending a donation to help pay for this year's fireworks, which take place in Lee Park on Saturday, July 2, starting at 9:30 p.m. Make your check out to the Westport Chamber of Commerce and send it to P.O. Box 394, or drop it in one of the boxes in businesses around town.

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