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May 15, 2013

Newbury voters to decide on 33 articles

NEWBURY — A quorum of 40 is needed to take up the town’s business at the Annual Town Meeting next week.

Voters gather on Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. in the Newbury Elementary School on Hanover Street to consider 29 requests on the annual warrant and another four articles on a Special Town Meeting warrant. The Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee reviewed the two warrants at a joint meeting earlier this month.

The annual warrant includes:

ARTICLE 1. To act on the reports of town boards and committees

ARTICLE 2. Salaries and compensation of the following elective offices:

Town Moderator $200

Board of Selectmen (per member) $3,000

Board of Assessors chair $3,500

Member $2,500

Town clerk $52,209

Tree warden $ 3,000

Fish commissioner (per member) $1,300

ARTICLE 3. $16,774,311 for the Fiscal Year 2014 operating budget with $627,261 also taken from the Special Assessment Fund

ARTICLE 4. $250,000 for the Stabilization Fund

ARTICLE 5. $25,000 to fund Other Post Employment Benefits

ARTICLE 6. $16,000 for structural firefighter gear

ARTICLE 7. $50,000 to make repairs to the Newbury Elementary School

ARTICLE 8. $411,715 in Chapter 90 funds for use by the Department of Public Works for street and road repair work

ARTICLE 9. $35,000 to repair the Town Library

ARTICLE 10. $30,000 to insulate and sheetrock the DPW 2-bay garage

ARTICLE 11. $51,000 to purchase a one-ton dump truck with a plow for the DPW

ARTICLE 12. To reauthorize the revolving account entitled “Recreation Revolving Fund” for field maintenance in an amount not to exceed $60,000. The account is funded by fee rentals.

ARTICLE 13. To reauthorize the revolving account entitled “Municipal Waterways Improvement and Maintenance Fund” in an amount not to exceed $70,000 for the purposes of paying the part-time seasonal wages and expenses of the Harbormaster Department and improving and maintaining the waterways within the town. The account is funded by waterways excise taxes and other related fees and fines.

ARTICLE 14. To adopt comprehensive Street Opening Requirements and fines as Chapter 89 of the Code of the Town of Newbury.

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