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Conway special town meeting

CONWAY — On Jan. 13, the townspeople will be asked to approve replacement of a highway department pickup that skidded into a tree during a November snowfall.

On Nov. 24, Highway Superintendent Ron Sweet was driving along North Poland Road to determine whether town roads needed to be sanded during a late-night snowfall when the pickup he was driving skidded on ice and hit a tree. Sweet was not hurt.

Even before the accident, the highway department requested a replacement vehicle.

The estimated cost of the truck would be $45,000, but much of the cost would be paid off with insurance money. The remaining would come from the capital stabilization fund.

The town is waiting to hear back from the insurance company on the vehicle’s assessment. The former truck is a Chevrolet Silverado. Its original cost was $32,301.

In addition, residents would be asked to transfer about $13,000 from “free cash” surplus for an audit of town funds.

Townspeople will also be asked to vote to request legislation allowing Robert Baker to continue serving on the fire department until the age of 67 and allowing Ronald Hawkes to continue serving on the fire department until age 68 and the police department until age 70 unless they retire beforehand or until their non-reappointments.

The special town meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Conway Grammar School.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at:

or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.

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