Dunbarton: Police cruiser could get second life with fire crew

Monitor staff
Published: 3/10/2017 11:43:12 PM

Hot topic: The town is looking to replace another police cruiser after buying one last year. Article 13 would ask voter to appropriate $44,000 to purchase a new cruiser, with $17,000 of the funds coming from the Police Special Detail Revolving Fund. If approved, Article 14 – which asks voters to raise $10,000 to purchase a fire department command vehicle – would be void. Select board chairman Brian Pike said the police department would give the cruiser it intends to replace to the fire department to be used as the command vehicle, saying the police cruiser has “plenty of life left,” just not as a cruiser. The article has an estimated 9-cent impact on the tax rate.

Budget: The proposed operating budget is $2.27 million, up from last year’s $2.16 million budget.

If the operating budget is approved, it will add 10 cents to the tax rate per $1,000 of assessed property value, which is about $20 on a $200,000 home.

Noteworthy articles: The town is in its third year of a three-year phase to rehabilitate Grapevine Road. The town is asking for $100,000 to complete the project and has spent over $400,000 in total, Pike said. It’s for this reason the board has not recommended a petitioned warrant article to raise $90,000 to reconstruct and pave a half-mile section of Ordway Road – Pike said the town is already behind on fixing its main roads.

Contested races: Incumbent select board Chairman Brian Pike will be defending his seat from David Nault.

When and where: The town meeting was postponed to Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Dunbarton Community Center. Ballot voting will be Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Dunbarton Community Center.

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