Mason increases funds for highway department vehicles, Town Hall study

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/19/2018 6:02:04 PM

Aging highway equipment had voters at Mason’s Town Meeting agreeing to increase a capital reserve request by $45,000 on Saturday.

The warrant article originally requested $5,000 for the highway department capital reserve. Selectman Charlie Moser, who was re-elected to his post this Tuesday at the polls, said that voters were behind increasing that amount because of the department’s aging equipment, which will be a significant expense to repair or replace.

“Our trucks are falling apart,” said Moser. “There’s a need due to aging equipment.”

The town approved other funds for the highway department during Saturday’s Town Meeting, including $22,640 to upgrade the highway department’s radio system, and $5,000 to purchase a small sander unit, and $50,000 for paving roads.

The fire department also got the go-ahead to improve its communication systems, for a cost of $39,000. The town also approved establishing a fire department vehicle capital reserve, and seeding the fund with $25,000.

Voters also approved another increase to a proposed warrant article to replace the Town Hall roof. Residents were in favor of the $13,500 for the roof replacement, and additionally agreed to amend the article to add $5,000 to also do an engineering study on the overall needs of the building.

Voters turned down two petition articles that would have given property tax exemption for the cost of wind energy systems and wood-fired heating systems. However, they did approve an expansion of the veteran’s tax credit, which allows the town’s previously-approved tax credit to be available to all veterans, where it was previously only available to those that served in qualifying wars.

With the exception of the two petition articles, all other articles on the warrant passed. 

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