Court grants special meeting
Town asking for additional $87K
GREENVILLE — The Hillsborough County Superior Court has agreed that the town is in need of an emergency Town Meeting to raise the funds to complete repairs on High Street, which has been closed since 2010 due to a landslide.
To complete the repairs and reopen the road, residents will have to raise an additional $347,716. Residents will be able to vote on a warrant article asking the town to accept federal funds and raise a percentage of the money from local taxes during a special emergency Town Meeting scheduled for July 10. About 10 residents gathered for a public hearing Wednesday to hear the proposed warrant article that will be voted on at the special meeting.
Approximately $1.5 million for the project was approved by the town during their regular Town Meeting in March 2012, all of which is being provided by grants through Federal Emergency Management Agency, N.H. Homeland Security and Emergency Management and a Community Development Block Grant. Town officials had previously said that would be sufficient to cover the cost of repairs, based on estimates. But after receiving bids for the construction phase of the project this spring, it became clear that the amount fell short of the mark by a significant amount.
Because the unanticipated cost still falls within the original plans for the project, FEMA agreed to supply 75 percent of the funds, as agreed in the initial grant. So of the $347,716 still needed to be raised, FEMA will supply $260,787. The rest, $86,929, will have to be raised by the town through taxation, and that is the purpose of the special meeting.
In order to be poised to begin the work as soon as the emergency Town Meeting is over, the town has already signed a notice of award to TBuck Construction, a New York-based construction firm to do the work, contingent on the court approving the emergency Town Meeting and residents approving the warrant article seeking the funds . The funds approved in March 2012 will only be available for use through the end of this year.
The emergency Town Meeting will be held on July 10 in the lower section of the Town Hall at 7 p.m.
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