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Road equipment, parking lot on Gill annual town meeting agenda

Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall

GILL — Repaving of the elementary school parking lot, a new dump truck and associated plowing and sanding equipment and a $1.5 million general budget are among the proposals facing voters at the annual town meeting Tuesday.

Two articles deal with the paving project, one requesting a transfer from the current year’s town building maintenance account and the other requesting the bulk from any source including borrowing, possibly contingent on Proposition 21∕2 debt exclusion vote. The proposed motions are for $5,000 from the maintenance account and $50,000 from the town’s “Free Cash” surplus account, which would not require a debt override.

The proposal is to repave the driveway, parking lot and bus turnaround. Town Administrative Assistant Ray Purington said he believes the lot has been patched and repaved piece-meal, but some of the surface may be the original put down when the school was built in 1955.

The dump truck article proposes a new truck to replace a 1990 Ford for the Highway Department, with a plow, a wing extension for the plow and associated equipment.

The Selectboard and Finance Committee on Thursday decreased the sum to be requested by $5,000 to $155,000 and dropped the wing plow from the request. According to the town, the new truck would add approximately 23 cents to the tax rate and cost the average single-family homeowner $46.30 per year for five years.

The general budget requested, less the spending included elsewhere on the warrant, is $1,456,479, with $1,377,437 to be raised from taxation. The largest of the separate budget articles, Article 13 funds Gill’s share of the Gill-Montague Regional School district. The amount requested in the proposed motion is $1,439,343, with $1,419,256 for the assessment and $20,087 toward debt.

A joint meeting of the Finance Committee and Selectboard on Thursday night finalized some spending requests and a final Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for today to vote endorsements.

Purington said the Recreation Committee’s annual $3,000 allotment, for youth programs, is separated from the general budget this year to call attention to the plight of the committee, nearly out of members and unable to operate without new volunteers.

Also among the 24 items on the agenda for the meeting, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday in the Town Hall, 325 Main Road:

∎ $10,206 for the town’s assessment from the new Cooperative Public Health Service, in its second year and now running without the initial startup grant funding.

∎ A 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment for all town employees and elected officials, excluding the Selectboard, Board of Assessors and Board of Health.

∎ Level-funded pay for all town offices, before the proposed cost-of-living raise.

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