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Pared down Town Hall renovations approved

Though there was no clear consensus on a long-term solution, the universal sentiment was the current situation is unacceptable. Councilman Mark Hennessey said he'd toured the areas affected by the proposal and thinks a "radical realignment" is needed at Town Hall.

"It looks more like something out of the 1940s, or '50s or '60s," he said of the town's office space.

Dawson suggested the town look at spinning off departments into existing space outside of Town Hall, mentioning how Parks and Recreation is headquartered at the Elm Avenue Park.

In addition to shuffling staff, there will be public transaction windows installed at the Department of Public Works and Building Department, a la the window at the Town Clerk's office. A conference room will also have a movable partition installed to make the space more flexible, since the Youth Bureau will be moving to an existing conference space.

"While it is a band aid solution, we need to put band aids on it. We can't just bleed out," said Councilman Kyle Kotary.""

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