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May 1, 2013

Town Meeting approves $12.8M budget

Spending plan includes hire of one police officer, 2 percent employee raise

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For the first time since it was established 7 years ago, Community Preservation Act funds were approved for use on an Open Space project. Voters approved $40,100 to install a bridge over the Indian River and a boardwalk on the Coffin Street trail. The project improves the trail area and gives Page School students better access for use with cross-curricular studies outdoors.

Page School teacher Brenda Dresser lauded the Open Space Committee as an “unbelievable partner” that went above and beyond to make this opportunity available to her students.

Since 2006, CPA has brought in $1,349,949 from local tax surcharges and received $965,019 in state matching funds. It has funded 9 projects thus far -- $1,053,563 for historic preservation and $9,600 for affordable housing.

Monday’s meeting began with several recognitions. Local historian Susan Follansbee was awarded Citizen of the Year and Town accountant Eileen DeVeau received Employee of the Year. Dick Cushing, who stepped down this spring as selectman after serving for the past 12 years, received a standing ovation from the 164 voters present in the Town Annex.

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