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Cruiser culled, road rejected at New Salem town meeting

NEW SALEM — The annual town meeting accepted nearly all measures put forward, but unanimously passed over a resident-petitioned request to accept a private road as a town road and approved spending for a new police vehicle on the condition that the department dispose of two vehicles, according to Town Clerk Stacy Senflug.

The police car article set aside $38,650 for a new vehicle, with the amendment making spending contingent on returning the department’s fleet to two vehicles.

The road acceptance would have made the town responsible for Stone Hill Road.

An article sending $50,000 to the vehicle replacement savings fund was also modified to earmark $42,500 for a period of one year, toward a fire truck grant.

All other articles passed as proposed.

These included schools funding totaling $1,541,003 and $1,017,448 for the general government, public safety, highway and other expenses of the town.

Voters also approved a second year with two extra part-time police officers, an expense first approved last year and now down $3,777 to $16,011.

Senflug said 58 of 691 registered voters turned out for the meeting June 2.

Also among the items approved:

∎ Highway Department requests for winter cleanup and repair totaling $44,000.

∎ $25,000 for the town retiree health care fund.

∎ $5,600 for a cost-of-living raise for non-elected town employees.

∎ $4,000 for turnout gear for two new firefighters.

∎ $3,025 for Fire Department signs.

∎ $2,500 for the town share of the Fire Chief’s vehicle lights and radios.

∎ $2,000 for two police radios.

∎ $5,075 for New Salem’s share of Swift River capital requests.

∎ $7,500 for a technology and tech services fund.

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