Pembroke: Main Street clock tower repairs go before voters

  • ABOVE: The clock tower building located in the downtown village of Suncook in Pembroke is shown.

  • RIGHT: The building at 4 Union St., in the downtown village of Suncook in the town of Pembroke.

  • The clock tower building located in the downtown village of Suncook in Pembroke. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 3/13/2019 5:04:01 PM

Hot topic: Voters will decide if money should be raised through taxation and used to repair the clock tower at 116-122 Main St., and the town-owned Perry Eaton Building at 4 Union St., which will also be up for sale.

Pembroke signed an open-ended 99-year lease to maintain the clock. If passed, a vote to appropriate $34,420 will then be held to pay for its upkeep.

The Perry Eaton Building, which has housed both the fire and police departments in the past, has since been leased by the town to businesses and tenants. If the building is sold, the select board will have the power to release lessees from their current contracts.

If passed, the next article will seek $200,000 to repair a back wall. The warrant currently asks for $150,000, but town administrator Dave Jodoin said an amendment will be necessary because a recent study by engineers showed more money would be needed to complete the job.

Jodoin said the futures of the clock and Perry Eaton Building are unclear.

“I’d say it’s 50-50 on both,” Jodoin said. “There are those who love them and those who want to get rid of them. I guess it depends on who shows up.”

Budget: The proposed operating budget of $8.3 million would mean a $200,000 drop from the year before. The biggest expense would be a new fire truck for $748,414, which would be withdrawn from the fire vehicle/equipment reserve fund.

Noteworthy articles: Beyond a fire truck, the town will also seek to withdraw reserved funds to buy a new police cruiser ($56,000), six-wheel dump truck ($176,000) and compressor for public works ($7,024). The town will decide if it should replenish nine reserve funds totaling $462,500.

Also, prisoners of war incarcerated for at least 30 days will not be charged for the registration of one vehicle.

When and where: The town meeting will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Pembroke Academy.

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