Wendell voters to consider 13 articles at Special Town Meeting

  • Farley Road in Wendell, pictured in early August, was damaged by summertime storms. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

  • Farley Road in Wendell, pictured in early August, was damaged by summertime storms. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 10/14/2021 4:42:05 PM

WENDELL — The first two articles on the warrant for Special Town Meeting on Saturday pertain to reimbursing the Highway Department for money it used to pay for emergency repairs to roads damaged by massive rainstorms in June and August.

Both articles ask voters if they agree to amend Article 4 from Annual Town Meeting in June. Adoption of the first article would increase by $76,000 the appropriation from the stabilization fund to the Highway Department’s annual budget. The second article has to do with raising and appropriating $50,000 for the same purpose.

Phil Delorey, chair of the Road Commission, said Farley Road sustained roughly $100,000 worth of damage, including loss of pavement.

“The road was basically washed out,” he said, adding that spots on other roads were also affected.

Delorey attended the Selectboard meeting on Aug. 4 to update members on the damage caused by June’s torrential downpours. He explained the roadway was repaved and about 700 yards of fill (stone and other material) were used “to try and put the road back together.”

Another article on Saturday’s warrant pertains to appropriating $40,000 from the Municipal Light Plant Enterprise Fund’s retained earnings for the fund’s emergency and unanticipated reserve, while another involves appropriating $30,745 from retained earnings to the Broadband Enterprise Capital Stabilization Fund.

Special Town Meeting is scheduled to begin on the common in front of Town Hall at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Social distancing is required. There are 13 articles on the warrant, which can be viewed at bit.ly/3vflGg0.

Town Coordinator Alisha Brouillet said the Special Town Meeting has no rain date. She said the rain is expected to largely hold off until the evening and the meeting will still be held in the event of a light drizzle. She said the interior of Town Hall is not big enough to accommodate a quorum of voters while maintaining social distancing.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.

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