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Wolfeboro to discuss funding of town warrants


WOLFEBORO - The town will hold its deliberative session on the 2013 town warrant at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kingswood Arts Center.

Voting on the warrant and for elected officials will take place March 12, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the undercroft of the All Saints' Episcopal Church from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Warrant articles include funding requests to fix or maintain the town's infrastructure, cover labor costs, the town's operating budget and contributions to several capital reserve accounts.

Funding requests include:

Article 5 requests $2.1 million to reconstruct Center Street from South Main to Wolfeboro Falls, including new roadway, drainage, sidewalks and intersection upgrades. Of that amount, the state Department of Transportation will pay for two-thirds of the project; the town's share is $700,000.

Article 6 seeks approval to bond $400,000 for sewer collection system upgrades.

Article 7 seeks $340,000 to cover upgrades to the public works facility on Pine Hill Road. Of that amount, $100,600 would be transferred from a capital reserve account, with $239,400 issues in bonds or notes.

Article 8 seeks $200,000 to construct a 3,000-square-foot Parks and Recreation Department maintenance building.

Article 9 covers the town's operating budget for 2013. The total is $26,163,872; the default budget is $25,331,916.

Article 10 requests $600,000 to upgrade town roads and road drainage systems.

Article 11 seeks $150,000 to design improvements for Middleton Road. This is a DOT-managed project and the state will pay for two-thirds of the cost.

Article 12 seeks $100,000 to construct parking lot upgrades to the front and back of town hall to make the entrances compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Article 13 requests $720,000 from the Electric Enterprise Fund to upgrade electric meters to an automated system; the project will be phased over a five-year timeframe.

Article 15 requests $100,000 to evaluate the structural and mechanical systems, and make repairs to the town library and the Libby Museum.

Capital Reserve account requests in articles 16 through 19 include $160,000 for Public Works vehicles and equipment, $176,000 for fire trucks and apparatus, $100,000 for the town office and $15,250 for the Abenaki Ski Area account.

Articles 20 and 21 fund increases to wages and benefits for municipal employees and the police department through 2014.

Article 22 repeals a blue law, adopted in 1932, that prohibits businesses from being open and bans games, sports and concerts on Sundays.

lmulkern@newstote.com

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