Lovell budget pegged at $1.1M

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LOVELL — Voters will be asked to approve a $1.1 million municipal budget and elect officials at the annual town meeting Saturday.

Action on the 90-article warrant begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Town Hall, 1069 Main St.

Voters will be asked to raise and appropriate a municipal budget of $1,179,316, which is about $78,000 more than last year.

Tax Collector Janice Arsenault said she does not believe taxes will be affected significantly.

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Selectmen in their annual report said the biggest issue this year is funding SAD 72 projects, including the possibility of building a new C.A. Snow School in Fryeburg, renovating the Molly Ockett Middle School in Fryeburg and building a central office.

A districtwide committee is exploring cost sharing for the projects.

Lovell voters will be asked to approve $111,111 for maintenance and operation of the town’s waste facilities. Selectmen said the town expects to receive more than $81,000 from Stow, Sweden and Chatham, N.H., for using Lovell’s transfer station.

Voters will also be asked to raise and appropriate $160,000 for snow removal and winter road care, and $110,000 for paving.

Selectmen noted the town overdrew its 2014 budget by $16,481, with $12,825 of that for winter road maintenance.

Voters also will be asked to raise and appropriate:

* $35,000 for a new highway truck.

* $41,000 for care of town buildings and grounds.

* $62,500 for the operation the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department.

* $24,000 for a capital fund for future equipment.

* $39,000 for the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library.

Voters will also be asked to raise and appropriate $29,050 for the milfoil account and $25,000 for the repair of Fern Drive Bridge.

In other action, voters will elect one selectman, a member and alternate member to the SAD 72 Board of Directors, three members to the Planning Board and three members to the Budget Committee.

Selectman Stephen Goldsmith is up for re-election. SAD 72 director Robert Steller is seeking re-election.

ldixon@sunjournal.com

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