In New Boston, preserving land for future use on tap
NEW BOSTON - Putting aside a large parcel of land for future town use and for conservation is at the top of the agenda for the deliberative session.
The town is proposing $900,000, including $800,000 raised through taxation and $100,000 from the Conservation Commission, to buy a 170-acre parcel, said Dwight Lovejoy, selectmen chairman.
"Like everyone else we're experiencing growth in New Boston and there aren't many large parcels of land left in town," he said. "At some time in the future we're going to need a new fire station and a new police station, so having some land set aside is necessary."
Lovejoy said the land sits on Route 13 near the intersection of Byam Road, about three miles from town and would serve as a good spot for emergency service buildings because it's centrally located.
The proposed operating budget of $4,223,290 reflects a small increase over last year's budget of $4,060,645, designed to give town employees a small raise, said Lovejoy.
"Last year we held back on any raises for the employees because we were trying to pull in tight and not raise taxes," he said. But this year, selectmen would like to be able to afford the employees a small raise as a show of good faith.
"It's still a tight budget and we're quite comfortable with it," he said. "We try to make every dollar count and I think we're doing a pretty good job of that."
In addition to the operating budget and the land purchase proposals, the town would like to raise $15,000 to purchase a used pumper for the fire department, $45,000 to pay the last installment on the transfer station trailer, $85,000 for repairs to Old Coach Road, and $130,000 to repair the Hilldale Lane bridge.
There are also several requests for funds to be placed in capital reserve accounts for various departments.
Deliberative session will be held at New Boston Central School on Monday, Feb. 4, at 7 pm. Voting will be held on March 12 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Central School.