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March 11. 2014 6:01PM

Hollis voters set to gather for annual Town Meeting Wednesday

HOLLIS — A $9.1 million municipal budget is among the 18 warrant articles facing voters at this year’s Town Meeting.

The meeting, which starts at 7 Wednesday night, will take place inside the gymnasium at Hollis/Brookline Cooperative High School.

Article 3 asks voters to approve a five-year, $165,000 lease for a new Public Works dump truck.

The town would need to appropriate $18,000 next year for the initial lease payment. The item was supported by the Board of Selectmen and the Budget Committee.

Similar items appear separately on the ballot for leases of other Public Works vehicles, including a $38,000 pickup truck, a $53,000 tractor and a $223,000 grader.

Article 8 asks voters to approve spending $87,000 to reconstruct and pave the Hollis Fire Station parking lot.

Article 9 asks voters to raise and appropriate $75,000 into the town’s Municipal Buildings and Facilities Maintenance Fund. The fund has been in place for the past several years.

Article 14 asks voters to approve a new three-year contract between the town and its Public Works employees.

The new contract, which includes increases in both salaries and benefits, would cost the town $33,200 next year.

Article 15, a one-year collective bargaining agreement between the town and its police and fire union, would cost the town $75,600 next year.

Selectmen and the Budget Committee supported both contracts during workshops.

Article 17, a petitioned warrant article, asks voters to raise and appropriate $7,500 toward the construction of a new playground at Big Nichols Field and renovations to the existing playground at Little Nichols Field.

The funds will be used in addition to the $40,000 that’s already been privately raised by the Hollis Parks Project volunteer group.

Selectmen voiced support for Article 17, although the Budget Committee did not.
aguilmet@newstote.com


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