Voters address wastewater issues

  • Resident Charles Buttrick reads along with the warrant.  Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Moderator Jim Lambert reads the warrant at Town Meeting on Saturday.  Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Town Administrator Kelley Collins and Select Board members Carla Mary and Doug Reardon preside over Town Meeting on Saturday.  Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Resident Richard Miller asks a question about the cost of the water and wastewater in town during Town Meeting on Saturday morning. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/21/2017 7:02:56 AM

The town approved continued improvements to its wastewater treatment facilities during Town Meeting on Saturday.

Voters approved $250,000 to continue to bring the wastewater treatment into compliance with Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Environmental Services discharge permits. The majority of that, about $180,000, will go towards a new hypochlorite building.

Greenville has an ongoing struggle to meet certain chemical limits from its plant, explained Town Administrator Kelley Collins, and part of this money will go to the ongoing effort to solve those issues with a new chemical piloting program. 

Of the total cost for the improvements, $83,000 will come from the 2016 unassigned fund balance, $10,000 from the 2016 water revenues and $157,000 from taxation. 

The town also passed the rest of its warrant, including its $2.1 million budget.

Voters gave the go-ahead for repairs at the town pool. Using the pool’s expendable trust, the town will use $15,000 for minor crack repairs, and to pressure wash, prime and paint the pool. 

Another town property that will see repair is the Town Hall – voters approved $13,000 to maintain and repair the steam boiler at the Town Hall and to add electrical outlets to the town clerk/tax collector’s office and the Chamberlin Free Library. The funds will come from the Town Hall Capital Reserve Fund. 

Selectmen also got approval to spend $65,000 to tear down and do site work for the removal of 23 Main Street, which was taken by the town by tax deed in August 2015. Select Board Chair Carla Mary told voters that they will beautify the spot, and did not intend to re-sell the property. 

Also passing were the funds for the operating of the water and wastewater departments – $389,712 for the waste water and $270,914 for the water.

Several of Saturday’s warrant articles were related to adding funds to the towns capital reserves or expendable trusts. The articles included: $10,000 for the Green Bridge Improvement reserve, $10,000 for the Public Works Equipment reserve, $25,000 for the pool repair trust, $10,000 for fire equipment, $20,000 for the police cruiser, $100,000 for the water department trust fund. 

Residents also gave approval to expand two tax credits that the town offers. The first extends the Veterans tax credit – $500 per year – to any veteran that has served at least 90 days and was honorably discharged. Currently, veterans have to have served in a qualifying war to receive the credit. The other is to modify the service-connected total disability tax credit to increase it from $1,400 to $2,000. 

At the polls Thursday, voters re-elected Selectman Carla Mary. It was the town’s only uncontested race.

Greenville is now seeking, however, to appoint an additional selectman. Steve Spratt resigned his position last week. He could not be reached to say why. Burton Lund, who lost to Mary, said he will not be considered and wants his first public office to be elected.


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