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Deerfield STM grants cruisers new laptops

Residents approved $127,281 of town money to be used for police cruiser laptops, student tuition and a lift, among other items at Wednesday’s special town meeting.

Residents approved without delay the 10 articles on the town warrant.

The main articles include a new revolving fund that will take in money from the town’s recycling program and spend money for its participation in the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District. The fund will not exceed more than $20,000 in expenditures.

The town also approved $48,952 to fund the tuition and transportation costs for two students studying high school veterinary science at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton. The state will reimburse the town for 75 percent of the transportation costs and all of the tuition costs. For the police department, the town approved transferring $21,000 from surplus to pay for four laptop computers and mounting hardware to replace the now obsolete and broken laptops currently installed in the police cruisers. The town already has $4,000 available to contribute to the cost. The total cost is $25,000.

The town also took $7,400 from surplus to pay for a lift for the highway department garage. Mark Gilmore, Selectmen chairman, said the lift will improve employee safety. Right now, employees use a jack. The town also approved $1,600 for two radios for the highway department.


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