BUCKFIELD — The Board of Selectmen and the Budget Committee met in a lengthy meeting Saturday morning to iron out the differences the groups had with the town budget.

The Budget Committee voted to take the Selectmen’s recommendations and made adjustments to the following.

They left $116,500 in the budget for a mini-revaluation, but removed $21,500 from the firemen reserve, $19,000 from the rescue reserve and $4,750 from social services.

The Budget Committee and the selectmen all agreed on a proposed budget for 2014-15 of $2.43 million.

The approved budget for 2013-14 was $2.28 million.

Concerning the proposed fire station, the boards agreed to put an article on the warrant to authorize the town to approve of a loan not to exceed $160,000 for add-ons for the station. Both boards voted to remove the sprinkler system, but a priority list would be up to voters to approve or not. The sprinkler system would cost approximately $30,000.

The Maine State Fire Marshall said in an email that the sprinkler system was not necessary if the living area had doors to the outside.

Other possible additions include a 700-square foot mezzanine for $23,000, a roofing upgrade to 50-year shingles for $2,500, painting the office area for $7,500, painting wood window sills for $1,000 and purchasing a kitchen hood for $11,000. The costs are estimates.

Town Manager Cindy Dunn said paving was a major concern and should be added to the bidding as well as an upgrade to PVC on exterior trim. The paving would cost approximately $18,000 and the trim upgrade, $10,000.

Dunn said gravel would be an issue in winter, saying gravel would be tracked into the building by the fire trucks and people and that plowing would be an issue.

The boards voted to leave in the budget a two percent cost of living raise for town employees but remove a proposed two percent merit raise.


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