Voters in Industry, New Vineyard to tackle town meeting issues

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Voters in Industry and New Vineyard will elect officers and decide on spending amounts at their respective annual town meetings Saturday.

In Industry, a budget of $380,298.45 will stand if voters pass all articles as written. The total represents a spending decrease of $55,375.61 from last year, Town Clerk Angel Davis said Tuesday.

One of the main reasons the proposed budget is down, Davis said, is because there was $36,000 left in the winter road account that will be carried over. The only article that may draw some discussion is summer roads article, she said. That budget went over $33,000 due to some unanticipated road improvements that were needed, including culverts, on the roads that had work done on them, she said.

The meeting begins at 2 p.m. March 13 at the town hall. There are 42 articles on the warrant.

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Voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with only one candidate on the ballot. Incumbent Selectman Mike Senecal is running unopposed, Davis said.

In New Vineyard, voters will be asked to consider adopting a six-month moratorium on wind power development to allow Planning Board members to study the issue, select board Chairwoman Fay Adams said Tuesday.

The town meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. March 13 at Smith Hall on Route 27.

Elections will take place from the floor with one selectman’s seat available. Selectman Frank Forster has expressed interest in being re-elected, Adams said.

“We’re looking at a budget pretty close to last year,” she said.

The proposed 2010 municipal budget, not factoring in county or school system assessments, is $310,712, which is nearly $10,000 less than last year, she said.

There was $15,000 left in the summer roads account, which will be carried over, so not as much money needs to be raised, she said.

Selectmen increased the town charges by $3,000 because new software is needed for taxes and to upgrade assessing services, she said.

There is also a new article asking for $25,000 to pave the town office parking lot.

The ramp is too steep heading up to the town office and library and needs to be improved for handicap accessibility and safety reasons, Adams said.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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