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Regional Notebook

Roof replacement contractor selected

GILL — A new roof is on its way to the Town Hall, and so far, under budget.

The Board of Selectmen awarded the contract for the roof replacement to RCI Roofing of Southampton, at $52,780 the lowest of five bidders, according to town Administrative Assistant Ray Purington.

Town voters approved $73,000 for the project at the June town meeting.

Purington said the Town Hall will remain open during the replacement of the asphalt shingles with a standing seam metal roof, to begin sometime this spring.

Battlefield allies

GILL — The Board of Selectmen, with the encouragement of the Gill Historical Commission, has backed the neighboring town of Montague’s application for a federal grant to study the scene of a 1676 raid.

The attack by English colonists on a Native American fishing encampment on the Gill side of the Connecticut River, and subsequent fighting during the retreat, took place during King Philip’s War.

According to proponents, the episode is not sufficiently documented in the history of that war.

Gill Administrative Assistant Ray Purington said the selectmen and Historical Commission were both in enthusiastic support of the study following discussions with the project’s organizers, and the selectmen authorized a letter of support for the application requested by Montague.

Montague’s application seeks $40,000 from the National Park Service to fund a study.

Bring out your dogs

ERVING — The Board of Selectmen has reset the dog registration fees, and the town is now in compliance with state law.

The new fee structure is $3 for spayed or neutered dogs, $6 for animals that have not been spayed or neutered, according to Town Administrator Thomas Sharp.

The new structure represents a change only for owners of non-neutered male dogs, previously charged $3 for the annual registration.

Charging a lower fee for unaltered male dogs than unaltered female dogs ran afoul of a new state animal control law.

The town clerk had previously recommended a simultaneous fee increase to $10 and $15, but sharp said the selectmen opted only to raise the one number in order to comply.

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