Mostly bookkeeping at Leyden’s Special Town Meeting Monday

  • Leyden Town Hall

Staff Writer
Published: 4/22/2019 7:10:19 AM

LEYDEN — A special town meeting will be held tonight, 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Nine of the 10 warrant articles for the meeting have to do with moving the town’s free cash.

Leyden typically holds a special Town Meeting for this purpose on the morning before its Annual Town Meeting. Town Meeting this year is May 18. It is not yet decided whether another special Town Meeting that morning will be necessary, Municipal Assistant Michelle Giarusso said.

The one article not having to do with free cash is to shut down the before- and after-school programs at Pearl Rhodes Elementary School. The programs were established at last year’s Annual Town Meeting for a cost of $7,500. But in March the Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee voted to close Pearl Rhodes.

The programs had been intended by Pearl Rhodes staff to make the school more attractive for the Leyden residents who had been sending their children to elementary schools in other towns.

The nine free cash articles are:

■$3,000 to selectmen’s diesel account from free cash.

■$4,775 to municipal assistant salary account from free cash

■$2,608 to veteran’s benefit account from free cash

■$15,000 from free cash and $15,000 from the winter maintenance account to purchase a new body for a Highway Department truck.

■$40,000 to highway stabilization account from free cash.

■$5,000 to repair the Town Hall stage curtain from free cash.

■$30,000 to the building stabilization account from free cash. $1,500 from free cash for the Methodist Church to store Historical Commission artifacts.

■$41,716 to stabilization account from free cash.

Reach Max Marcus at or 413-772-0261 ex 261. 

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