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McKay proposes warrant items; Daley disapproves sidewalk expense
DIXFIELD- Selectmen wasted no time in their 40-minute meeting on Monday night, where they heard from Dan McKay during public comment in regards to items he would like added to the town warrant.
“To me, this wouldn’t take much time during the town meeting,” stated McKay.
McKay proposed the following six items:
*To vote during town meeting to set a $5,000 limit for the board’s discretionary spending account;
*To vote that all loans should be voted on no more than one time;
*To vote on a wind moratorium;
*To vote if budget items should be decided on in June by secret ballot with the school budget vote;
*To vote to require selectmen to call a special town meeting when department heads fear budget overages;
*To vote to decide and/or schedule a debate for candidates of the selectboard to be held prior to the June vote.
Selectmen thanked McKay for his public participation and moved on to other agenda items, which included, the proposed sidewalk grant.
Town Manager Eugene Skibitsky briefed selectmen that the original estimate was set in June of 2012 at $335,000 and then a secondary estimate in July of 2012 was $415,000.
“D.O.T. went with the first estimate,” stated Skibitsky. “The town has currently raised $33,334.39 toward that project, but we’re responsible to raise 20-percent of the total project cost.”
Selectman Hart Daley asked for clarification as to how those funds are to be raised. The answer was that the money would be raised through taxation, but Skibitsky recommended to selectmen that it should come from surplus.
“In our economy,” stated Selectman Daley. “It’s a lot of money to be spending for a sidewalk. I don’t think this is a good idea.”
The issue will go before the citizens for a town vote during the annual town meeting.
In the coming weeks selectmen will be working on the town budget and the next selectmen’s meeting will be held in the Ludden Memorial Library on Monday, April 8, at 5 p.m.