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Select Board to continue debate on capital projects

Date: 10/25/2011

Oct. 24, 2011

By Chris Maza

Reminder Assistant Editor

LONGMEADOW — With the articles now set by the Select Board, the warrant for the Nov. 8 Special Town Meeting will be posted by Oct. 25.

According to the Clerk’s Office, the warrant will be available 14 days prior to the meeting, in accordance with Massachusetts state law.

In advance of the release of the warrant, the Select Board will follow up their Oct. 17 public hearing regarding the Special Town Meeting with further discussion regarding capital projects that are expected to be voted on at a meeting today, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m.

“We have a few items that are more than housekeeping items, namely capital projects which we chose not to approve in the spring,” Select Board Chair Mark Gold said. “We wanted to find out more information about these projects before putting our stamp to them.”

Among the potential capital improvements are requests for new vehicles for the Department of Public Works, as well as a new ambulance for the Fire Department.

In addition to the capital projects, residents will be asked to approve adjustments to salary line items in response to new collective bargaining agreements with the firefighters, police personnel and other town employees.

The warrant will also contain an article requesting the approval of the appropriation of funds in order to staff the now-vacant veterans’ affairs agent position. Interviews for three finalists for the position, which must be filled in order to be in compliance with state law, took place on Oct. 21.

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