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Adams moves forward after voters approve fire hall expansion

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ADAMS — The door-to-door campaigns, banners and open houses of the Adams Fire Department brought the result firefighters were looking for Tuesday night: they got the expansion of their fire hall they had sought for years.

“We did everything we could to reach out to every person we could, and we think that’s what made the difference,” said Robert D. Simpson, former village department chief and a member of the department’s building committee.

Mr. Simpson said the department treated the expansion vote as if it were running a political campaign, holding regular meetings to form strategy and pinpointing streets where more people lived when it did its outreach work.

He added that the department also put a few hundred dollars into ads and banners supporting the expansion.

The decision to borrow up to $1.2 million for the expansion drew the voters to the polls. The fire hall proposal drew 435 votes — about 100 more than the number who voted on the uncontested mayor’s race.

“We were just overwhelmed when we saw that,” Mr. Simpson said.

Planning Board Chairman William J. Doe, who launched the opposition to the expansion, said he accepted the voters’ decision. Mr. Doe organized the petition to challenge the village’s decision on the expansion, receiving 300 signatures — about 100 more than needed to launch Tuesday’s vote.

“We did our job, they did their job, and they sold it,” Mr. Doe said. “We’ll get on with our lives.”

The next step for the village will be taking the project out to bid, a process which will go into December.

“We’re moving forward,” Mr. Simpson said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do now.”

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