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Monroe town meeting short, unanimous

MONROE — In about 40 minutes, 21 annual town meeting voters in this town of 120 residents adopted a $280,345 operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and unanimously approved everything on the annual town meeting warrant, according to Town Clerk Marcella Stafford-Gore.

Voters approved the choice of Clifford Oakes and Douglas Oakes Jr. to co-serve in the following non-elected posts: fence viewers, measurers of wood and bark, field drivers, pound keepers and burial agents.

The town’s assessments for schools were: $187,060 for tuition, transportation and administrative costs for the North Berkshire School Union. Monroe will pay $40,811 for its share of operating costs for the Northern Berkshire Vocational School District.

The total costs for town administration is $34,600. This small town also pays $1,626 for its share of services from the Franklin Regional Council of Governments and $1,622 for FRCOG’s health agent services.

Other costs in the budget are: $32,000 for road repair; $20,000 for Highway Department fuel; $717 for veterans services; $23,967 for sewer treatment plant salaries and $30,000 for sewer treatment plant operations.

The town will appropriate $8,700 for replacement of the Kingsley Hill Garage/Fire Station roof.

Sums of “free cash” reserves were transferred into stabilization accounts for highway department vehicles, the fire/highway department complex, and into the general stabilization account.

Voters also authorized their Board of Selectmen to apply for a $2.3 million USDA Waste Water Disposal Loan/Grant for Rural Communities. The purpose of these loans and grants is to develop water and water disposal systems for rural towns with a population of less than 10,000.

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