Leyden voters pass over two Town Meeting articles

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Staff Writer
Published: 5/20/2019 5:40:53 PM

LEYDEN — Annual Town Meeting voters deferred articles on Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s budget and an excise tax on bed-and-breakfasts in town, both to be revisited at a special town meeting planned for June 17.

All other warrant articles were approved during the Saturday meeting.

The Town Meeting warrant notably included a resolution for Leyden to support changing the state flag and seal, authorization to begin repurposing Pearl Rhodes Elementary School for Town Hall offices and a request for the state to allow Gilda Galvis to stay on the Police Department as an officer until age 70.

The budget as recommended by the Selectboard was $1,785,749, a 3-percent increase over this year’s $1,733,053.

Costs for the Pioneer Valley Regional School District will be added later, following the special town meeting. The reason for the delay was the School Committee’s decision at the end of March to close Pearl Rhodes Elementary School, which had repercussions on the district’s budget for the 2019 to 2020 school year. Town officials expected that, with a few extra weeks, the School Committee would have time to fully evaluate the district’s needs with one less school.

The School Committee has since prepared a budget that is $47,000 less than what it had originally proposed. That plan could still be revised, though.

The town election was also held Saturday. All positions were uncontested.

Election results

■Assessor, three years — John Rodgers

■Library Trustee, three years — Carolyn Asbury

■Selectboard, three years — Lance Fritz

■Constable, three years — Vanessa Russell

■Moderator, one year — Katherine DiMatteo

■Planning Board, five years — Warren Facey

■Planning Board, two years — David Curtis

■Board of Health, three years — Beth Kuzdeba

■Tree Warden, one year — David Brooks

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