Township residents will vote on a $1.2 million budget at Saturday’s town hall


TOWNSHIP — Residents will decide on a $1.2 million municipal budget at the town hall meeting this Saturday. The amount represents an increase of $72,648 over last year’s $1.13 million budget, according to recently hired city clerk Angela Varnum earlier this week.

The fiscal year of the municipality extends from July 1 to June 30.

Varnum and Heidi Bennett, the new assistant clerk, were hired in May following the resignations this spring of Carol Buzzell and Nicki Girard.

Residents will vote on 43 separate items, including the decision to purchase a fire truck at a cost of up to $300,000. On Wednesday, Select Board Chairman Russell Adams said the current fire engine the city has “is unreliable due to electrical issues. It was dispatched in two major incidents last spring and both times it arrived it was not serviceable to help with the fire,” Adams said.

At a previous selectors’ meeting in May, Fire Chief Jason Vaughan gave selectors an update on a 2007 tanker/tanker for the city to purchase if residents approve. The cost is $230,000, Vaughan said, and although it belongs to a fire department in Alabama, it is in a garage in Syracuse, New York.

Vaughan said the city will have to add its lettering to the truck’s body, among other things. “The heater we had installed in the engine 4 pump when we received it; we want to do it for this one too,” he said.

Adams said most of the increases in the 2022-23 municipal budget came from higher fuel and heating oil prices and the operation of highway trucks.

He also said that an increase in salaries for city staff was also a factor in the budget increase and that some employees, such as the road department helper, had hours raised to full-time, as did the assistant clerk of the city office.

The city’s overall highway service budget cost for this fiscal year was $229,000 and the amount requested for 2022-23 is $292,150, Adams said. Fuel, municipal employee salaries and road salt are among the largest increases in the budget.

“We’ve tried to do our best with the increases and the (general) cost of living to keep (the city budget) as manageable as possible for everyone,” Adams said. The city has limited spending or “watched spending more closely” and worked to better maintain roads and general freeway equipment, he said.

In addition to city spending decisions, residents will be asked if they will accept changes to three city ordinances: an excavation of streets and sidewalks ordinance, an emergency preparedness ordinance emergency and a recycling and solid waste ordinance.

According to Planning Board Secretary Diane Ray, the amendments to the Recycling and Solid Waste Ordinance include updates on what types of materials can be brought to the transfer station and what are not. allowed to file.

“This ordinance needed to be updated as recycling regulations changed, and our ordinance reflected the time (when) we still had a physical dump,” Ray said.

The amendments to the Emergency Preparedness Ordinance have been made to reflect changes in the format of documents and to provide clarity on where emergency funds will come from in the event of an emergency.

“We have a reservation for this purpose and it had not been identified in the previous order,” Ray said.

The amendment to the Streets and Sidewalks Ordinance was prepared primarily due to document formatting changes, she said.

The municipal assembly will take place on Saturday in the meeting room of the municipal office at 9 am.

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