Erving town meeting continues Monday

Usher Plant spending, school security and residency on agenda

ERVING — Spending to mothball the remaining Usher Mill fragment, security upgrades to the elementary school and a new residency requirement for future town hires in four key positions will be the proposals facing residents at a special town meeting on Monday.

The first spending question asks for authority to transfer $67,236 from previously appropriated funds to mothball the Usher Paper Mill boiler room building on Arch Street, the sole remaining building of the defunct mill complex, and to plan for the town property’s redevelopment.

The Usher Mill Reuse Committee’s request includes $25,000 to patch the roof, $25,000 for a planning consultant to assist in overseeing future redevelopment of the site and $12,000 for an evaluation of environmental permitting to establish what can be done.

Opinions of the property’s potential are mixed. A survey conducted at last month’s town meeting asking residents whether they felt the boiler building should be saved drew 11 in favor of keeping the building and 18 against.

The second spending article asks residents for authority to appropriate $50,000 to upgrade security at the Erving Elementary School.

School Union 28 Superintendent Joan Wickman said the sum requested represents a one-time cost for upgrades to address the considerations found by a State Police security review.

The final article on the agenda is a proposed bylaw establishing a residency requirement “for certain essential personnel in order for them to be readily available to fulfil their duties in an emergency.”

Affected would be the positions of police chief, fire chief, highway superintendent and town administrator.

The law would give future appointees to these positions six months to move to town or forfeit the job, with the possibility of an extension from the Board of Selectmen. Current employees are exempt.

The meeting is scheduled to begin 7 p.m. in the Town Hall, 12 East Main St.

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