2013 Budget – Preliminary discussions have been held regarding this year’s budget. This year promises to be even more daunting than the last two years due to decreased surplus funds, increased costs incurred from prior years’ projects and the 2% tax cap levy. I am hopeful that the council finance committee will have some estimate of the proposed budget by the time this newsletter goes to print. As I write this (Feb. 11), we do not have a proposed budget nor do we know what surplus funds are available to be used. As the vote last year to exceed the 2% tax cap was overwhelmingly against, I am committed to not having a referendum this year.
Consolidation – On
Present and Immediate Future Tasks
· Police & DPW Contracts – We are negotiating new contracts with the Police and DPW unions.
· Road Paving Projects – Last month, we sent letters to all the residents on unpaved roads within the Borough in order to gauge their interest in paving those roads.
E-Waste & Metal Recycling – Electronic recyclables (TVs,
computers, etc.) can still be dropped off at the North Borough parking lot by
the ambulance corps and DPW building (
Group Home – Work has commenced on converting a home on
· RailRoad Station – We continue to look at the possibility of renting out the station as a café or for other purposes. Consideration of our seniors, Historical Society and other organizations that use the station will be considered in reaching a decision.
Most importantly, thank you to all the volunteers who helped us in 2012; members of the fire department, ambulance corps, CERT, the many boards and commissions and those involved with our athletic program. Your time and willingness to serve for the betterment of our town are greatly appreciated!
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