Greenville voters approve loader purchase

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Published: 3/17/2018 1:56:39 PM

Greenville voters approved the purchase of a new loader for the Highway Department during Saturday’s Town Meeting.

This year, the town will raise $17,860 for the first year’s payment on a new loader. The remainder of the $162,560 will be raised through a combination of capital reserves, trading in the old loader, and an $82,700 bond of note.

Resident Marshall Buttrick questioned the terms of the loan, and Town Administrator Tara Sousa informed him that currently, the town was looking at a 5-year loan with an interest rate of 3.99 percent.

In about an hour, voters approved the entirety of the Town Meeting warrant, including the $2.14 million budget.

The budget included funding for the town’s joint police department. In a separate article, residents voted to extend the agreement with Temple to share police services for another three years, in a 40-1 ballot vote. They also agreed to purchase a new cruiser for the department. Greenville’s share of the vehicle is $25,620.

The town also approved another public safety expenditure: $33,500 for the purchase of high-band radio equipment, including a tower, for the fire department. 

Voters approved $10,000 for each the Green Bridge improvement and public works capital reserves. Road Agent Tom Plourd outlined the issues with the Green Bridge which were identified by the state in an inspection seven years ago, which included an expansion joint in need of replacement.

“It’s going to be expensive to replace, but it is replaceable,” said Plourd.

Expendable trusts were also bolstered, including additions for the pool repair, fire equipment and police cruiser accounts. 

Resident Rick Miller questioned the $20,000 request for the pool fund, as it already contains $27,000.

Sousa said that $7,000 of that fund has already been reserved to finish re-painting the pool bottom, a project which was begun last year. Wh ile there is nothing on the immediate horizon when it comes to repairs, after some major work was done this summer, “The concern is that when things go wrong at the pool, it is expensive to repair,” said Sousa.

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