Second time the charm for Orange special town meeting 

Recorder Staff
Published: 5/9/2016 10:56:23 PM

ORANGE — The special town meeting postponed from last week made quorum on the second try, and voters raced through the list of surplus spending and internal transfers Monday night, freeing up money for firefighting gear and to fill the snow and ice deficit among other decisions.

Last week’s meeting fizzled after 20 minutes with fewer than the 75 residents needed to make quorum turning out. Monday’s meeting looked as though it might head the same way, but the 75th voter showed up a few minutes after the scheduled start.

Voters unanimously approved all but one request, $10,000 for a town employee pay study. The Finance Committee opposed the request. Human Resources Board Chairwoman Kimberly Marshall said the study would give the town tools for negotiating contracts and updating the pay grid. She also said the study would likely cost less than $10,000.

Brian Haskins of the Finance Committee said it felt the work could be done in-house. The request failed on the sole split vote of the evening.

Transfers totaling $122,275 within the Fire Department budget to pay for new protective gear and hoses to replace aging equipment passed, as did the $87,500 requested from surplus to fill a snow and ice deficit. The winter was light, but the snow and ice line item was under-funded.

Also among the items approved was $23,659 to pay for a judgment against the town in favor of Morais Concrete Service. Selectman Walter Herk said the town had fought not to pay this sum — the final payment for what he said was a terrible job on a road project — but a court ordered them to pay.

Also approved were $7,616 in retroactive pay to the clerical union, $15,000 for tech support and $9,927 for a police account deficit.

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