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Dec 28, 2015 5:50 PM

Barrington taxpayers say backdoor politics to blame for teardown of historic building

BARRINGTON - The former middle school and town hall was torn down Monday after a long debate with taxpayers and the board of selectmen.

“People don’t feel like they were represented at all,” Craig Dubois of Barrington.

In a four-to-one vote the building was slated for demolition.

“I mean you hear contradictory reports. Some say there was mold others say there wasn’t and so on but it is really sad to see it. It’s heartbreaking it is,” said Dubois.

Dubios went to school at the old building years ago but the building hasn’t been used in four years.

It’s possible the new town hall building could be built where the old school stood and that is why taxpayers are claiming they weren’t included in the vote for demolition.

“I feel that this was a kind of behind the scenes a little bit and they didn’t come right out and say that this is what we’re going to do,” said Casey O’Brien, a Barrington selectman. “It was kind of talked in the budget but they were going to do it whether you liked it or not.”

For a long time it was said that the old building had mold and was a health concern to many, but others say it's a historic building and should have been preserved.

“I don’t feel like we had a lot of say. It’s just a sad today to see the building come down,” said O’Brien who also went to school there.

It's possible that a vote to build a new town hall could come before voters at town meeting in March.

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