GREENE — Voters will decide next week on a new budget, elect school board members and selectmen, and weigh in on several road expenses totaling more than $1 million.
The road expenses include $200,000 for a new dump and plow truck, $665,000 for road reconstruction and paving, and a proposal to use more salt on roads.
However, since much of the spending includes savings from prior years, the total increase in the budget should be no more than $31,000, or 1.9 percent, Town Manager Charles Noonan said Thursday.
The election will be held Friday, March 7, at the Town Office. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be two candidates for selectman: incumbent Tony Reny and Glen Chateauvert, who aims to replace Mark Christman. There will also be two candidates for school board: Eric Milliken and Jon Woodard. Both are incumbents. All four candidates are running unopposed.
The annual town meeting will continue at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Greene Central School gymnasium.
The 51-article warrant covers everything from spending on streetlights and postage to an ongoing plan to save money for a new firetruck.
Noonan said he expects discussion on the idea of increasing the amount of salt used on the busiest town roads.
People have been asking town officials all winter if crews would begin salting some of the well-traveled roads, such as Allen Pond and College roads. Route 202 is maintained by state road crews.
Greene has refrained from salt-rich mixtures because of the expense, Noonan said. Neither selectmen nor the Budget Committee made any recommendation on the issue.
Other likely topics will include a road construction and paving request that is larger than recent years, mostly because it incorporates $290,000 not spent in 2013.
Selectmen and the Budget Committee are recommending buying a new dump and plow truck. It would replace a 20-year-old one that can’t pass inspection because of frame damage. Though $200,000 would be set aside for the purchase, Noonan said he hopes to spend less.
The budget also calls for pay raises for several workers, including the code enforcement officer, the Town Office custodian and Noonan, whose salary would increase about 3 percent from $66,512 per year to $68,510.