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Conway to vote on audit Jan. 13

CONWAY — For $13,000, townspeople will be asked to approve an audit of the town finances at a special town meeting Jan. 13.

The audit would allow the town to borrow money to build a new highway garage, explained Town Administrator Tom Hutcheson.

“In order to borrow money for the garage, we need an audit of town funds,” Hutcheson said.

The town would also have to approve funding for the garage itself, which it will be asked to do at a later special town meeting. The town is still waiting for a cost estimate for a garage. If the town approves funding for the garage, it would have the money in place for the audit and could move forward and start the project during the 2014 construction season, Hutcheson said.

The town is planning to place a new highway garage behind the salt shed on the property of the Conway Grammar School, a project the newly formed Garage Committee has been working on. In May, townspeople approved $175,000 for engineering designs and permitting for the project.

Aside from the audit, townspeople at the special town meeting will be asked to approve $45,000 to pay for a replacement of a town pickup. The former truck is a Chevrolet Silverado. Its original cost was $32,301.

In November, Highway Superintendent Ron Sweet was driving along North Poland Road to see whether the town roads needed to be sanded during a snowfall when the pickup he was driving skidded on ice and crashed into a tree. Sweet was not injured. But even before the accident, the town planned to ask for a replacement of the vehicle. The town hopes insurance money would cover much of the cost with the rest coming from its stabilization fund.

The town meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Conway Grammar School.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at: kmckiernan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.

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