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March 15, 2013

Salary survey finds many were underpaid

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An average household’s annual water expense will rise $97.60 to a total of $604 from $506.40, countered by a sewer charge decline of $40, to $520 from $560.

The new rates are intended to pay for the state-decreed unfunded mandate to update the town’s water and sewer systems, which will cost Merrimac taxpayers an estimated $3 to $5 million.

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As an example of municipal efficiency, road sand mixed with fallen leaves is being used to cap the town’s landfill sites, saving an estimated $7,000 per year.

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The bills from SGC Engineering for John Riordan’s professional services in relation to the Attitash Wastewater Pump Rehab Project keep rolling in. Invoices for September, October, November and December total $17,389.15 for overseeing the work.

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The Light Department, which is on a quest to harness the sun, will meet with selectmen on April 8 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall to discuss their plans, hopes and dreams for a solar-powered Merrimac.

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The Council on Aging is doing more with less and making the most of what it has. Their van driver does double duty as a tech support person, providing computer instruction and repairing equipment.

The COA has also received a grant enabling it to extend the hours of the kitchen staff, and thanks to that increased presence, recently avoided losing thousands of dollars of food when a refrigerator failed.

Senior Center director Laura Mailman is forming a committee to determine the future of the facility, which she says is “much more than just a senior center.” She noted that residents of any age are welcome at any of the center’s classes, “without being a senior.”

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Articles intended for inclusion on the annual Town Meeting warrant will be discussed and voted upon at the April 1 selectmen’s meeting.

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Opening day at the Yard Waste Site on Broad Street is April 13, and the site will be open every other Saturday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The site is open to Merrimac residents only, and the required sticker may be purchased at the selectmen’s office at Town Hall.

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Warren P. Russo covers Merrimac for The Daily News. He can be contacted at warrenrusso@live.com.

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