Conservation of more than 100 acres tops warrant

MASON — The Select Board will be seeking the go-ahead from voters in March to put more than 100 acres of land into permanent conservation.

The town is currently negotiating an easement of the Mason Quarry. The warrant article would allow the town to put easements on four other pieces of property owned by the town that abut the quarry, to create a significant easement package.

Also on the warrant are requests for the town’s Highway Department, Fire Department and Police Department.

The largest monetary request of the town this year is to see if the town will raise and appropriate $50,000 for the repair and maintenance of the town’s paved road.

There is also a request to transfer $14,815 from the town’s fund balance to the capital reserve fund for the Highway Department’s barn and garage.

The Fire Department is requesting a total of $21,725 for the replacement of equipment. One article requests $4,225 to replace the town’s self-contained breathing apparatus bottles, and a separate article requests $17,500 for other protective equipment and safety gear.

The town is also requesting $10,000 to be added to the capital reserve fund for the Fire Station.

There are two articles concerning the Police Department on the warrant this year. The first would raise and appropriate $4,000 to purchase new firearms for the Police Department. The other would raise $9,000 to be added to the Police Cruiser Capital Reserve Fund.

A final article would establish a revolving fund for recreation and park services. Money generated by the park services and facilities would be put into the fund, and used to fund the recreation department, instead of entering the general fund.

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