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Wales Town Meeting pushed to Feb. 8

Purchase of 2 Main St. property on the line

February 01, 2011
WALES — Officials have pushed back an important special Town Meeting to Tuesday, Feb. 8, providing the town enough time to receive additional information from contractors about the potential renovation of the building at 2 Main St.

The sole item for residents to vote on at the meeting will be the proposal to approve $1.1 million to purchase and renovate the 2 Main St. property, also known as Tedore's Restaurant. The town currently has a purchase and sale agreement for $580,000 with the property's owners, Michael and Nicholas Katsounakis.

"We rescheduled the meeting in order to give the contractors and engineers more time to finalize the numbers pertaining to the possible renovation," said Board of Selectmen Chairman Michael Valanzola.

During a meeting on Jan. 11, residents delivered a traditional majority vote to allow its leaders to conceptually debt exclude outside the limits of Proposition 2 1/2. However, a two-thirds majority vote will be required on Feb. 8 to enable the town to proceed with its plans of acquiring and renovating the 2 Main St. property. Should the vote be achieved, the town offices would be moved to 2 Main St. after renovations are made, which would include the installation of new heating and cooling systems and the addition of new doors and windows to improve the building's insulation. According to a report submitted by a committee that was appointed by the board to review the town's development options, the property at 2 Main St. boasts a centralized location, is structurally sound, offers a large amount of parking, is handicap accessible, and provides room for future expansion.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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