Friday, March 24, 2006
Shorts from the Board of Selectmen, March 14 and 18
· League of Women Voters Candidates' Forum. The Selectmen voted to permit use of the Clark Room at Town Hall for the Candidates Forum on April 2 and noted that the CCTV system may be operational at that time to televise the event.
· Town's Warrant takes form. At their March 18 meeting, the Selectmen selected the order of Articles to be moved at Town Meeting. On recommendation of Town Counsel three items were removed as individual Articles and will be included in the "operating budget" since they are yearly recurring items. These are authorization for money expended for town audit, salary and expenses for the Veterans Agent, and money for the Senior Citizen Tax Voucher account.
Because of the substantial proposed revisions to the Wireless Bylaw, mostly editorial but some with substance, that Article may occupy as many as 20 pages in the Warrant. Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie was tasked with developing a format for presentation in the Warrant.
Chair Doug Stevenson expressed some frustration with the Regional School Committee: "CCHS has an E and D budget (Excess and Deficiency) for small overages. They are asking us to fund a shortfall in 2006 of approximately $150,000 and also accept lower revenue estimates for 2007 of about the same amount. I've asked them for an accounting. When we [the Town] have excess revenue it goes into Free Cash and can only be expended by vote of Town Meeting.The E and D budget is controlled by seven individuals independent of Town Meeting or anybody else." The Selectmen voted to include the relevant Article but may revisit the question of their support for the Article.
· Historical Commission Resignations and Appointments. Resignations were accepted from Mary Ann Kitrosser and David Chaffin. Duncan Grant and Geoffrey Freeman were appointed to the Historical Commission with Larry Bearfield as alternate member.
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