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Lynnfield approves Sunday liquor sales, Jordan Park renovation

(Thomas Grillo)

LYNNFIELD — It took 40 minutes to reach a quorum, but the fall Town Meeting went off without a hitch Monday night at the Lynnfield Middle School. 

Town Moderator Joseph Markey, whose humor at these sessions is becoming legendary, started the evening off with a not-so-serious test question to make sure the electronic voting tabulator was working. 

Voters were asked: What Should Town Administrator Robert Dolan be for Halloween? Happy clown or angry clown. Happy won by a 96 to 71 vote. 

With that, voters quickly approved a proposal to allow alcohol be served at MarketStreet restaurants on Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon. The vote was 143 in favor and 34 against. Restaurateurs, at what the mall’s owners call North Shore’s largest open-air shopping center, had requested the change.

Voters also approved spending $100,000 to renovate and purchase new equipment for the two fitness rooms at Lynnfield High School. The measure won by a 167-25 vote. 

The funds will allow the addition of new lighting, and brighten the 1,300- and 682-square foot workout rooms.  Proponents said only 20 percent of the equipment works and the spaces are in need of rejuvenation. 

Town Meeting also gave the green light for $730,000 for improvements to Jordan Park.

Markey adjourned the meeting at 8:20 p.m., in time for voters to watch the New England Patriots take on the New York Jets.

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