In three separate 10-0 votes, the Attleboro City Council voted Tuesday night to approve loan orders totaling $6.2 million to fund three municipal projects, including a new animal shelter and upgrades to Attleboro High School's athletic complex.
Mayor Kevin Dumas requested approval of the loan orders ($1.16 million for the animal shelter, $3.55 million for the high school athletic project and $1.523 million to upgrade a municipal water treatment facility's computer system). Only 10 councilors voted Tuesday because Council President Frank Cook is serving as acting mayor while Dumas is in Washington D.C. for President Barack Obama's inauguration
Although the vote to fund the projects was unanimous, several councilors said they were troubled by the soaring cost for two of the projects. Both the animal shelter and athletic complex upgrades had been projected to be significantly cheaper in the original estimates.
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