MINOT — Town Administrator Arlan Saunders presented selectmen Monday with a proposed 2017 municipal budget of $1.78 million, which is about $75,000 more than this year.

The proposal includes buying two new vehicles and building a salt shed.

The Highway Department’s 2007 GMC 1-ton truck is scheduled for replacement, which would cost about $36,000.

The Fire Department was turned down a year ago when it sought to replace its aging forestry truck. Fire Chief Dean Campbell estimates that he can get a replacement for $38,798 without a trade-in or $34,048 with a trade-in.

Saunders said the old truck could go to the Highway Department but in its rusty state, won’t last long and it might be better to trade it in.

The salt shed is about 30 years old and was condemned several years ago, at which time the highway crew made repairs to it.

“It’s beyond repair at this point; the foundation is crumbling,” Saunders said. “We can probably get someone (to) put down a new foundation and the highway crew can put up the structure.”

Saunders estimates it will cost $25,000 to replace the salt shed.

The proposed summer paving program calls for paving the full length of Death Valley Road and doing an overlay on Bradbury Hill Road, for an estimated $286,000. About $62,000 of that would come from state aid, according to Saunders.

Saunders said he was able to keep most accounts “more or less” at this year’s level, but there are a few that the town has limited control over: the county assessment is projected to go up by about $17,000 and solid waste disposal at Mid-Maine Waste Action Corp. is estimated to increase from $44,000 to $52,000.

In other business, selectmen approved Jessica and Shawn Hendricks’ request to bury power lines leading to their house on York Road in the town’s right of way.

Approval was given on the condition that both parties sign a written agreement, to be recorded at the Androscoggin County Registry, that would relieve the town of any liability.

Saunders reported that State Roofing Co. had completed replacing the Town Office roof and the final cost was $15,476, $300 less than the estimate.

Selectman Steve French reported that the inspection of the water system at the town garage was done and he has spoken with John Hawley, Regional School Unit 16 director of operations, suggesting that the tanks at the Minot Consolidated School be replaced to prevent bacterial contamination.

Water for the school comes from the town well near the town garage.

French noted the tanks are relatively old and replacing them might be a good proactive move.


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