INDUSTRY — Summer road work created the largest discussion at Saturday’s annual town meeting, Selectman Michael Senecal said.
About 40 residents gathered to pass all 42 articles in less than two hours, he said.
Road improvements last summer went over budget by $33,000, and voters were interested in hearing about the projects undertaken on Shaw Hill and Federal Road. Extra work was needed, and some road fabric was stolen during the projects, requiring the purchase of more.
Four years ago, taxpayers voted to increase the summer road amount for improvement of the town’s roads, and they showed a continued desire to put more on the roads by voting in another $100,000 for summer roads, he said.
A budget of $380,298.45 was accepted as voters went through the articles. The amount represents a spending decrease of $55,375.61 from last year after a milder winter meant less cost for winter roads.
“We didn’t spend as much, so we decided to cut back and not raise as much,” Senecal said about the $40,000 less appropriated this year for winter roads. The Fire Department also requested less money, about $10,000, which was included in the decrease from last year.
During morning elections, Senecal was re-elected to another three-year term. Running unopposed, he earned 35 votes. There were three other write-in votes cast, he said.
State Reps. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, and Lance Harvell, R-Farmington, presented a legislative sentiment to the Ronald Wing family during a recognition of Wing’s service to the town that was held during the meeting. Wing was a selectman and then served nearly 40 years on the Planning Board.