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January 10, 2013

Water costs dominate Merrimac agenda

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Selectmen thanked Trott for his efforts, and urged him to return if he should find any potential funding sources to reduce the cost of water for Merrimac’s taxpayers.

Other items discussed at the meeting include:

Selectmen’s stipends: Baumgardner asked the other board members to think about whether they want to have a stipend, and if so, how much. A decision is expected at their next meeting on Jan. 14. According to Baumgardner, the stipend was $6,000 in the late 1980s, then it went down to $3,000 and finally to zero, where it remains today.

Well vents: During an inspection of the Bear Hill well field, DPW director Bob Sinibaldi discovered that the wells were not vented, as required by law. He consequently had the vents installed by the DPW, and his recommendation that the cost of this work be deducted from the contractor’s payment was unanimously approved by selectmen.

Fire alarms: A $1,900 contract with the L.W.Bills Co. for two inspections of the town’s fire alarms was approved. Apparently, it is the only company in the region that will service Merrimac’s particular fire alarm system. The company is also the inspector of record for the town’s elevators.

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