NEWRY – The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday unanimously voted to table discussion on whether to purchase an alarm system for the Town Office.

Town Administrator Loretta Powers presented a list of bids from several companies. They ranged from $800 to $9,670, with each offering different components.

“I obviously can’t see us spending money on the $9,000 bid, or something crazy like that,” Powers told selectmen. “I figured these bids are just food for thought right now.”

Selectman Wendy Hanscom said she thought some of the bids in the $2,000 range didn’t “seem like much money to spend on a security system.”

“For me, the most important thing is to have a motion detector,” Hanscom said. “I don’t think we need a video surveillance system or anything like that.”

Selectman Brooks Morton made a motion to table discussion on the topic until he and the other selectmen had a chance to look over each bid and “see the different things each company would offer.”

In other business, the board unanimously voted to set a deadline of April 29 for bids for the summer road maintenance contract.

Selectmen also agreed to select the previous year’s bid winners for several upcoming town projects, including pavement marking and crack sealing, as well as seal containment to the parking lot of the Bear River Grange Hall.

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