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Gill approves sewer, school, debt-avoidance money

GILL — Voters at this month’s special town meeting approved spending to fill a deficit in the still-troublesome sewer account, strengthen school security and avoid a little debt.

Gill continues to look for the source of the difference between the amount of water Riverside customers use and the amount of wastewater they pump across river to be processed in Montague. The rate charged by Montague has also increased, the two factors contributing to deficits in the sewer budget. Voters approved a $3,500 transfer from sewer receipts to fill the gap. Town Administrative Assistant Ray Purington said the sum was $2,000 less than he had estimated thanks to low rainfall in June.

Voters also approved spending to install emergency locks on the interior doors of the Gill Elementary School at a cost of $6,800, again less than the early estimate.

The final article on the short agenda July 8 transferred $4,000 remaining in the building and grounds maintenance budget to offset the cost of the Public Safety Complex roof replacement project approved earlier. Spending from the maintenance account decreases the amount the town will have to borrow for the project. Purington said approval of all three articles was declared unanimous by the moderator.

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