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Deerfield to vote on money Wednesday

At a special Town Meeting Wednesday, residents will vote on 10 articles worth $127,281.

One article establishes a revolving fund for the town’s recycling program and expenses for the operation of its solid waste and recycling programs, as well as membership in the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District.

The fund would also allow the town to purchase recycling materials up to $20,000.

Another article would take $48,952 from free cash to fund the tuition and transportation expenses of two students to Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School.

The town will also vote to transfer $40,000 from free cash to support four veterans and set aside a small amount, $4,000, for a future veteran. The town will be reimbursed for 74 percent of this.

There are three articles related to the Police Department.

The town will decide whether to fund $21,000 worth of laptops, mounting hardware and equipment for the Police Department’s cruisers.

The town is offsetting about $4,000 of the purchase with previously allocated money.

The price is based on a Massachusetts State Police bid.

In addition, $7,400 could be added to the $31,500 appropriated at the annual Town Meeting for the cost of switching from the old Crown Victoria police vehicle to a new Ford Interceptor.

The total state police bid is $39,205.

Another $624 will be used to pay an old bill for outside police duty.

Another two articles concern the Highway Department.

The town is also looking to purchase a $7,400 lift for the highway garage to increase safety while town employees work on town vehicles, including police cruisers.

For $1,600, the town can purchase two radios that Highway Director Shawn Patterson determined needed replacement due to age and changing technical standards.

The town will also vote to amend a bylaw on town meeting procedure.

— KATHLEEN McKIERNAN

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