AVON — Selectmen are recommending voters at Saturday’s annual town meeting appropriate an additional $5,000 from excise taxes for the winter roads account.

“Our salt and sand supplies are depleted and need to be built up,” First Selectman Greta Espeaignnette said.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. March 15 at the Community Center. The first order of business will be nominations for a first selectman and a SAD 58 director. Both are for three years.

Espeaignnette said she would continue to serve as first selectman, if nominated.

David Masterman is not seeking re-election to the school board.

Last year’s request for appropriations and taxes was just under $200,000.

“This year, we’re just a little over $200,000,” she said.

Insurance costs continue to increase a little every year, Espeaignnette said. This year, the $6,710 insurance request includes $1,078 for town trucks, $1,000 for general liability, $1,901 for building and property coverage, $315 for town officers’ bond insurance, $1,500 for public officials’ liability, $782 for workers’ compensation, and $134 for unemployment compensation.

“We also are recommending that $25,000 be added to our equipment fund account to keep on our schedule of replacing a town plow truck every five years,” she said.

Other articles in the warrant cover costs for Parker Appraisals to update tax maps and update records for assessments, tree growth, new buildings and lot splits.


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