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Selectmen Forced To Evacuate Shaky Town Hall

January 23, 1988

MONTEREY, Mass. (AP) _ Buckling support beams in Town Hall have forced selectmen to move their offices to a garage.

The selectmen said Thursday they moved their records and files last week when a structural engineer found the second-floor support beams in Town Hall could stand only 30 pounds of pressure per square foot.

Jed Lipsky, chairman of the board of selectmen in this Berkshire Mountains town, said the board will meet in a 12-foot room in the town highway garage.

Other town officials will work out of a library basement, and town meetings will be held in the garage, a church basement or private homes, said Finance Committee Chairman Barbara Gauthier.

Lipsky said voters in the community of about 500 people will have to decide at the town meeting in May whether to repair Town Hall, replace the building or move to another.

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