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October 12, 2012

More money for Page School among articles

WEST NEWBURY — Voters will consider 13 articles on a warrant for a Special Town Meeting at the end of this month.

Among the requests are $188,000 for additional renovations to the Dr. John C. Page Elementary School, $155,300 for engineering work for proposed sidewalks along Main Street, $32,022 for a new police cruiser and $40,000 to cover the remaining balance to settle a lawsuit with the town’s former finance boss.

Special Town Meeting is Monday, Oct. 29. A quorum of 40 is needed to take up the town’s business at 7 p.m. in the Town Annex, 379 Main St. Requests over $20,000 require 90 voters. The town currently has $1.3 million in its Free Cash account.

At a meeting on Wednesday, selectmen met with the town moderator, town counsel and Finance Committee to vote the following recommendations for the special warrant:

Article 1 is for the purposes of hearing or acting upon reports from town officers and committees, but no reports are scheduled.

Article 2: A $16,000 transfer from the Water Department Enterprise Free Cash Account for engineering studies, writing requests for proposals, repair work and other related matters for water storage facilities. Selectmen and the Finance Committee unanimously approved this article.

Article 3: $1,371 from available funds for the Harbormaster Expense Account. Selectmen and the Finance Committee unanimously approved this article.

Article 4: A vote to change the town’s assessment for the Pentucket Schools on the omnibus budget approved at the April 2012 annual Town Meeting as follows:

A $165,381 decrease in the Pentucket Other Assessment. Of this total, $125,000 reflects an amount over-appropriated due to failure of the school budget in the other two district towns last spring and $40,000 is a treasury subsidy for the Phase 1 borrowing for the Page School renovation project;

A $12,379 increase in the Pentucket Capital Assessment that represents borrowing costs for a $2 million bond taken last May for the Page building project;

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