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Water Rates to Remain the Same

by Bobby Blair
February 26, 2019

Under the public comments section of the Board of Selectmen's meeting Monday night, Selectman Mark Ahronian wished residents to know that the town had 37 water main breaks in 2017 and 38 breaks in 2018. The most recent break near Washington & School Streets cost the town $30,000 to repair. With 58 miles of pipe in need of repair and the town working on just one mile per year, Ahronian stated "it is important to put more resources into the problem as a mile a year is not sufficient." Selectman John Cronin suggested the town could triple our efforts by putting an override on the tax base and eliminating the water surcharge.

DPW Chief Sean Reese joined the meeting for a water rate hearing and said "I don't see any reason to raise the water rates for users right now and the hearing was closed. Selectmen did thank Reese for bringing the unaccounted water usage down from 28% a few years ago to under 10% presently.

Chief Matt Stone appeared before the board to present his budget which he said had increased due to new officers on the force. Selectmen approved his budget which was 7.1% above guidelines.

Selectmen discussed the plight of 9 Green Street which is currently in land court and whose owner has not paid the town property taxes for several years. The board will appoint a study committee consisting of one member from the selectmen's office, an abutter, engineer, a member of the Economic Development Committee and a business owner to the committee. Chairman Jay Marsden would like the committee to bring back options for the town concerning future uses for the property.

 

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