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Northwood residents to vote on new highway maintenance building

If residents in Northwood approve construction of a new highway maintenance building Tuesday, it will free up the recycling building where the highway equipment is now stored.

Since the recycling building was built roughly 10 years ago, it has housed the equipment and has not been used for recycling, said Town Administrator Brent Lemire. The proposed highway building, Article 5 on the warrant, would cost residents $145,000 and have an estimated tax impact of 30 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

“Once we do that, we can start using the recycling building for its intended purpose,” said Lemire.

∎  Residents will also vote on an article to allow the selectmen to appoint the town’s highway agent. Currently, the position is elected, and by making it appointed the selectmen could draft a set of minimum qualifications. That would “provide residents with the best qualified people to do the public’s business,” Lemire said.

∎  Over the past year, town firefighters were able to save two or three people in part by using defibrillators, Lemire said. In this year’s warrant, residents will vote on financing two new defibrillators to replace the fire rescue department’s out-of-date machines.

“We want to make sure they have up-to-date equipment,” he said. “It’s a long way to a hospital from here no matter which way you go.”

That would cost the town $13,384 for the first year’s payment, of five. It would have no additional tax impact.

∎  The budget: $3.34 million, an increase of just less than $45,000 from the current budget. The estimated tax impact is 9 cents $1,000 of assessed property value.

∎ Other warrant items: a radio repeater system, at a cost of $16,573, for the town’s police, fire, emergency management and highway departments. Since the town has hills and valleys, said Lemire, if crews are at each end of the town, they can have a hard time communicating in emergencies. The new radio system “would provide a strong signal to talk back and forth no matter where they are in town,” said Lemire.

∎  Contested elections: Richard Bojko, Lucy Edwards and Joseph McCaffrey are running for two three-year seats on the planning board. John Schlang and Albert Peel are running for one three-year term for police commission.

∎ Northwood elections: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Parish Center

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