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Selectmen review proposed warrant articles


by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
December 04, 2012
ALTON — The Alton Board of Selectmen approved a list of warrant articles that will be forwarded to the budget committee during its meeting on Monday, Dec. 3.

Only three selectmen attended the meeting, with Cydney Johnson and Dave Hussey not in attendance.

That total monies requested through the warrant articles totals $13,363,912, which is a decrease of about $5,000 from last year's warrant articles.

It is important to note that this is only a draft of the warrant articles, and the numbers could go up or down as it goes through the budget committee.

Many of numbers are identical to last year's numbers and they include building up capital reserve funds including but not limited to: police cruiser, town hall improvements, sidewalk, milfoil treatment, which actually was increased by $10,000, landfill closure, transfer station site improvements, Pearson Road Community and Senior Center, fire building improvements, highway reconstruction, highway equipment and bridge replacement.

There are also several warrant articles that help different community organizations throughout town.

A full list of the proposed warrant articles is available at the Alton Town Hall.

The board signed off and approved the annual equalization report, which is prepared by the town assessor each year.

This report allows the state to compare all the towns and how their housing markets have been affected.

Town Administrator Russ Bailey informed the board that the town recently received the final reimbursement for the Places Mill Bridge. The total reimbursement provided from the state was $213,560, and the final project cost was $538,000.

Bailey reported that the highway department has about $250,000 left in its highway budget, and that next year the budget will be about $1.5 million. The reason for the surplus is because the department didn't complete the project of Trask Side Road this year.

Bailey talked about improvements to the town hall, which include re-insulating all the windows with spray-in insulation and upgrading all the lighting in the building.

The board talked about replacing the carpet in the second floor of the town hall, and Bailey said he would get a bid for removal of the old carpet and installation of a new carpet and bring it back to the board.

Bailey informed the board that the installation of the roof for the new construction and demolition dumpsters at the town transfer station is almost complete.

New business

The board approved placing signs on Roger Street to discourage drivers from speeding, approved a request from Castleberry Fair and approved land use items recommended by the town assessor.

The board tabled the issue of paving near Sunset Lake and also tabled a discussion about milfoil bids.

Member Peter Bolster talked about the chemical treatment that is being proposed for milfoil treatment and wanted to emphasize that the chemical was part of Agent Orange, but it was only a component and not a dangerous component.

Bolster also announced that the walking trail located at the B&M Railroad Park has been connected to the John Racine Memorial Walkway by going behind the Alton Police Station.

The board also accepted the annual groundwater landfill report, which was prepared by the town engineer Pete Julia.

The next scheduled meeting of the Alton Board of Selectmen is on Monday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m. at the Alton Town Hall.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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