Government at a glance: Turner


Board: Turner Selectmen

Met: Monday night

Revised recommendations

Issue: Selectmen reconsidered some of their budget recommendations in response to the town’s estimated portion of the school budget coming in higher than expected.

The scoop: They voted unanimously to now back: zero dollars for the obsolete building fund; $15,000 for fire equipment reserve; $15,000 for rescue equipment reserve; $75,000 for highway equipment reserve; $10,000 for public works building reserve; and $250,000 for paving and construction. The ratcheted-down recommendations equal cuts of $306,000. An informal straw poll vote of Budget Committee members in the audience backed the cuts.

Up next: The town meeting to vote on the budget is Saturday at 9 a.m. at Leavitt Area High School.


Beach bump

Issue: Selectmen voted to raise the cost of a pass to Bear Pond town beach from $8 to $10. They also clarified who’s entitled to a free pass for volunteering and who isn’t.

Up next: The beach is open for Turner residents and their guests from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Town House repairs

Issue: Town Manager Eva Leavitt said she didn’t receive any bids for the foundation work on the Old Town House. No single company wanted to take on the whole thing.

The scoop: The project is being broken up into four different parts — jacking and leveling, site work, cement work and replacing the foundation.

Up next: New proposals are expected by Friday. They’ll be brought to the next selectman’s meeting.

Staff writer Kathryn Skelton can be reached at 689-2844 or [email protected]