Dublin selectmen continue work on the warrant

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, February 08, 2018 7:52AM

Dublin selectmen worked Monday to tighten up the town warrant, altering two warrant articles and removing another.

An article placed on the warrant to replace the furnace at the post office has been removed, as selectmen would like more time to get an estimate on the work, which could include converting the system to propane. The hope is to put an article on the 2019 warrant. 

The board changed the cost amount of a warrant article to repair the archives building roof to $10,000 as it was determined that a rain diverter was needed over the buildings door.

The cost amount of a warrant article for a for a broadband engineering study was amended to $55,000, which is made up of $25,000 raised by taxation and $30,000 from a potential grant. Board chair Walter Snitko said that if the article was passed, the study would only be completed if the grant was received. 

“The initial study was to see if it was feasible… this is to look at the infrastructure needed,” said Town Administrator Sherry Miller, over the phone on Wednesday morning. 

Snitko and Selectman Dale Gabel voted not to recommend twin petition articles that would provide a 10-percent raise to Town Clerk/Tax Collector Jeannine Dunne and Deputy Town Clerk/Tax Collector Neil Sandford. Selectman Sturdy Thomas was not in attendance on Monday to vote. 

Miller said Wednesday that a two-percent raise has been built into the proposed budget for both positions. Miller also said the amounts sought – $3,039 for the town clerk/tax collector and $534 for the deputy town clerk/tax collector – didn’t seem to factor in any benefits like retirement or social security that would also be increased due to the 10-percent raise, if approved. 

“Since we didn’t put it into the budget ourselves, I would say we not recommend these articles,” said Snitko, at the meeting. “I personally have not had a change of heart.”

Selectmen also discussed a supplementary health insurance package for volunteer fire fighters.

Both Snitko and Gabel were not inclined to recommend adding the cost – approximately $5,000 – to the proposed operating budget at this time, as there is still no clarity about what additional benfits it offers town firefighters over the town’s current insurance. 

Snitko pointed out that the $5,000 price tag was approximately a quarter of the cost that the town currently pays for Primex to cover the entire town.

“It doesn’t seem like a good idea unless we know what the incremental benefit is,” said Gabel.

Both selectmen were in support of funding the insurance package, should it be proven that there is a certain level of additional benefit that will be received.

The town’s fire company is currently paying for the package, but recently approached the selectmen about having the town take over funding. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.