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Roof tops Gill agenda for town meeting

GILL — Town building work is the outstanding issue on Monday’s annual town meeting warrant, with a new roof for the public safety complex and new boilers for two town buildings among a host of otherwise familiar items.

Town Administrative Assistant Ray Purington said this week the cost of the roof project was still being pinned down, following the discovery of asbestos. The asbestos is, however, stable and should not cost as much to remove and dispose of as material from which the hazardous fibers are more easily released.

The total envisioned is in the region of $100,000.

The boiler request is for $25,000 toward the purchase and installation of new boilers for the Riverside Municipal Building and Town Hall, with state Green Communities grant money expected to pay the rest.

The recommendation to replace heating systems in the Riverside building — home to the Four Winds School and Gill historical collection — the Town Hall and Slate Memorial Library followed an energy audit last year. Gill’s Green Community designation in 2012 brought $139,000 in grant money to be spent on energy projects to be determined. The library heater has fallen by the wayside for the moment. Purington said the library heating system proved too complex to address at the moment, and the Riverside building is the serious need.

Both building items may be contingent on a later Proposition 2½ debt exclusion vote.

Also among the 29 articles on the agenda for the meeting, scheduled to begin Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall on Main Road:

∎ $ 1,441,328 for the Gill-Montague Regional School assessment, up 1.6 percent, and $17,110 toward debt.

∎ A $1,436,114 omnibus budget, excluding the Gill-Montague school budget and other articles voted separately.

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