Greene polls open today, town meeting Saturday


What: Town of Greene annual meeting

When: 9 a.m. Saturday

Where: Greene Central School

GREENE — At the annual town meeting Saturday, voters will be asked to approve budget items, elect members to local committees and make small changes to the town’s shoreland zoning laws.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and will be held at Greene Central School.

The Board of Selectmen and Budget Committee recommend flat funding or cuts to many budget items, including $25,000 in cuts for Public Works equipment, $16,000 in cuts to Public Works supplies and $14,000 in cuts from the transfer station’s operating expenses from last year.

The Budget Committee recommends reducing Parks and Recreation funding from $13,200 to $5,000, though selectmen disagree with that recommendation and suggest budgeting the same $13,2000 the town did last year.

Both groups suggest increasing the money spent on employee expenses and benefits by more than $8,600, raising the administrative compensation budget by almost $3,300 and increasing the operations budget for the Julia Adams Morse library by nearly $1,750.

Voters at town meeting will elect one person to serve on the Library Committee and one person to serve on the Ella Augusta Thompson Committee. They will also choose a Budget Committee for the coming year.

They also will be asked to make changes to the town’s Shoreland Zoning Ordinance. Town Manager Charles Noonan called those changes “minor.”

To choose a moderator for the town meeting, polls will be open between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday at the Greene Fire Station. At the same time, voters will elect one person to the school board and two people to the Board of Selectmen. All candidates are unopposed. Incumbent Diana Morgan is running for the school board. Don Bedford and incumbent Ronald Grant are running for the Board of Selectmen.