GREENE — Town meeting voters on Saturday approved a $3.4 million bond to build a new Public Works garage and to rebuild and pave several roads.

The Public Works garage at 202 Main St. is “undersized, and not handicapped-accessible,” and incapable of housing the town’s trucks, Town Manager Charles Noonan said.

The new garage will be built on Schoolhouse Road.

The bond has a 10-year term and an interest rate of 3 percent. The town does not have any other outstanding bond debts, Noonan said, and the bond will not increase the town’s tax rate.

“If you complete this project, your infrastructure will be in good shape,” he said. 

The Public Works garage project began two years ago, when selectmen asked voters to approve the purchase of 100 acres from SAD 52, the school district that comprises Turner, Greene and Leeds. After the land was surveyed, the town put the garage project out to bid and granted it to the Sheridan Corp. for $2.78 million.


Town crews did some of the work, saving over $900,000. Road improvements estimated to cost $1.89 million were added to the bond.

In other business:

* Voters elected incumbent Kevin Mower to serve another three years as selectman, and incumbent Pamela Sirois was elected to serve another three years as school board director.

* The date of commitment for real estate and property taxes was set for July 16, and any taxes paid after Oct. 16 will be charged 5 percent interest.

* Voters approved an appropriation of $50,000 from the firetruck capital reserve account and the purchase of a new dump/plow truck, not to exceed the amount of $120,000.

* Voters also approved a $2,500 raise for the town manager and a $2,550 raise for the Public Works foreman for 2018.

* Voters approved a 180-day moratorium on establishing retail marijuana shops and social clubs.

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Left to right: Selectman Donald Bedford and former Fire Chief Bruce Tuff at the annual town meeting on Saturday, where the present and former fire chiefs of the town were honored for their service at the start of the meeting.  (Liz Marquis/Sun Journal)

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