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October 12, 2012

More money for Page School among articles


Article 11: $8,056 for each Historic Resources, Community Housing and Open Space accounts from Community Preservation Act revenues.

Article 12: $155,300 for engineering for a proposed sidewalk upgrade along Main Street. State Sen. Bruce Tarr was on hand to discuss the issue prior. Selectmen approved 2-0-1 with Kemper abstaining because he felt further research was needed. The finance board unanimously voted against it.

Article 13: $40,000 as the final payment in a $100,000 settlement to resolve a lawsuit filed by former Finance Director Tracy Blais. Selectmen approved the article 2-0-1. Kemper, who is named in the suit along with former Selectmen Tom Atwood and John McGrath, abstained from voting. The Finance Committee voted 5-1 against the article. Sherri Gadd, who cast the dissent vote, said she felt a moral obligation to support the selectmen who had negotiated in good faith with Blais on behalf of the town. Reasons the other finance board members gave for voting “no” ranged from what was in the best financial interest of the town to individual members’ feelings about the validity of the charges in the lawsuit.

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