School officials have asked town leaders to provide in writing what they feel is Newbury’s anticipated ability to fund any increase in fixed costs or improvement efforts for the schools next year. The town traditionally targets 50 percent of its new growth dollars to the schools. Town Administrator Tracy Blais told selectmen that, in her experience, the Triton leadership “wants to work with the town and they understand our (financial) situation.”
Five one-day liquor licenses were granted to the Byfield Community Arts Center from January to May for its Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse and Plum Island Beachcoma Restaurant was given an entertainment permit for Saturday, Feb. 2, from 7 to 10 p.m.
Selectmen also recognized the fundraising efforts of Beachcoma owner Greg Pugh, who has collected $8,000 to date to help offset costs incurred by homeowners dealing with recent beach erosion issues on Plum Island.
The board approved 2013 license renewals for Newbury businesses. It also OK’d a list of public employees and volunteers who are exempt from the state’s mandatory online ethics training. However, selectmen noted that the people who are exempted are still required to follow all state ethics laws.
Selectmen acknowledged a request from David Elwell to fill a vacant seat as fish commissioner, but took no action, deciding instead to have voters elect the new commissioner at the town election in May.
The board forwarded to the Media Committee a request from Mike Doyle to serve as a member. While the committee is not currently looking for new members, it anticipates needing many volunteers in the future. Selectmen will await its feedback.
Blais announced that the tax rate has been set at $11.40 per $1,000 of assessed value. Tax bills were mailed to all property owners on Dec. 31.