Rutland Town voters approved $2 million for a new firehouse Tuesday night but turned down a ballot item that would have cleaned up the abandoned and depressed Flory’s Plaza in Center Rutland for $250,000 of public money.
The fire house measure passed by a vote of 1,262 to 969.
The Flory’s measure was defeated by 33 votes, with a total tally of 1,150 to 1,127, according to Marie Hyjek, who reported the results this morning.
Twelve volunteers handcounted ballots into the early morning hours and a final tally of the votes on the articles wasn’t ready until 1:30 a.m. this morning.
Hyjek said the votes were checked and double checked and she was more concerned with accuracy rather than speed.
One of the articles didn’t make the state deadline to be placed on the ballot that could be read by a machine and the municipal bond bank recommended that the other article be on a seperate sheet of paper, contributing to the long process, Hyjek said.