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May 20, 2013

Salisbury to decide library's fate

Town Meeting to debate important issues tonight


Town Meeting will also consider accepting a new cemetery, the best way to tax its new solar energy utility and three citizens petitions.

Special Town Meeting

Also on the docket tonight is the Special Town Meeting’s warrant, which handles financial housekeeping issues by transferring money from one line item to another to cover projected expenses.

This year, nearly all the articles on the Special Town Meeting warrant relate to the police department. Through six articles, $25,500 would be transferred into the police department’s overtime budget from other areas.

Not the first year for such transfers, this year’s total overtime transfer is higher than usual, Harrington said. The reason is that this year many shifts had to be covered through overtime when personnel were out for illness or other service. One officer was out for a month, due to an injury, Harrington said, and FEMA called up another department employee for emergency service in Texas.

Another $125,000 in police department related transfers is included in the Special Town Meeting Warrant in another five articles. The money relates to the November ordered rehiring on officer Mark Thomas. Some $75,000 of the transfer repaid Thomas for lost salary while he was out of work after he was fired. The remaining $50,000 is to cover Thomas’ salary after he was rehired.

Complete copies of the warrants for both the Special and Spring Town Meetings are available at the town clerk’s office on the first floor of Town Hall, and are also available at Salisbury Public Library and the town’s website at

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