Byron town meeting set for Monday


BYRON — Residents will act on a 36-item warrant at the annual town meeting set for 6:30 p.m., March 8, at the Coos Canyon Schoolhouse.

If all articles are passed, Selectwoman Anne Simmons-Edmunds said the municipal budget would be slightly less than the current year’s figure of about $120,000. That number does not include school or Oxford County taxes.

Simmons-Edmunds said she will seek another three-year term on the board. Also up for election are the seats held by Town Clerk Sue Roderick and Tax Collector/Treasurer, Roseanna Susbury. Both positions are for one year.

During a meeting intermission, the town’s volunteers will be honored with cake and ice cream.

Simmons-Edmunds said this will be the first time the town’s many volunteers will be honored at a town meeting.

Included among the items for voter action is one asking approval to raise up to $4,000 for the position of administrative assistant.

Simmons-Edmunds said the town has been faced with an increased amount of paperwork caused by two lawsuits that selectmen aren’t able to handle. She declined to provide the nature of the lawsuits. However, at the 2009 annual town meeting, funds were raised for legal bills associated with a campground expansion and a winter road maintenance issue.

No additional money will be raised this year because the town has just over $8,700 in its legal account.

Other items include a request for $5,000 to repair the schoolhouse roof and permission to move some of the funds in the bridge savings account into the bridge repair account. Scheduled for repair is the Bemis Bridge on the Houghton Road.

Also on the warrant are requests to raise money for developing tax maps; creating an assessment procedure; adding to the special bridge savings account; and a variety of social service or community programs.

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