STRONG — Voters at Tuesday night’s special town meeting approved transferring $2,000 from surplus to pay for arsenic tests at the former town dump on Burbank Hill.

The money will be added to the landfill/solid waste account.

“I need to understand what’s going on with that situation,” said Langdon Adams, the only member of the public at the meeting.

Board Chairman Jim Burrill said the state is reinstating the testing, which was not anticipated when the 2016 budget was prepared. The testing is done in December and cannot be paid with 2017 funds.

Selectman Dick Worthley said he called a state official to request the testing be discontinued. Other towns in the state had success with their requests, Worthley said, but he didn’t expect a swift resolution to the issue.

Selectmen will continue to pursue the request.

At the board meeting following the town meeting:

* Selectmen confirmed their policy on vacation days. If an employee is called to work on a vacation day, after working a full week, it’s counted as overtime. The policy covers highway employees who are required to work extra hours plowing and may have to forfeit vacation days for it.

Employees who are required to work on a vacation day but have not worked a full week will have those hours counted as regular time, not overtime.

* The board discussed the 2017 budget and decided that each cost center will be itemized and taxpayers will have all of the information about how the money has been and will be spent.

Selectmen will request an amount for unexpected expenses and emergencies, with the goal of eliminating the expense of special town meetings. They will also ask voters to approve renaming the town park the Lance Cpl. Scott Paul Veterans Memorial Park.

* Town Clerk Betsy DuBois announced she has nomination papers for those seeking municipal offices. The election will be held Friday, March 3.

There are openings for one selectman and two school board members for three-year terms and three Budget Committee members for six-year terms.

* Burrill announced he will not seek re-election.


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