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Granby Town Meeting will be asked to spend $1.5 million on new Junior-Senior High School roof

Those proposed expenses, as well as a vote on the town’s operating budget, are scheduled for part two of the annual Town Meeting on June 17.

The first 13 articles on the 41-article warrant will be addressed in the first session, set for 7 p.m. Monday at Granby Junior-Senior High School.

Voters will be asked to approve a measure that would impose a new excise tax of 0.75 percent on meals from town food venues, which Town Administrator Christopher Martin said is expected to generate $20,000 a year for the town. Martin said that with the closing of the town landfill, officials are looking for other ways to raise revenue.

Another matter for voters will be a request to create a $25,000 revolving fund to finance a new committee to oversee all town parks, replacing the Dufresne Ad Hoc-Committee, which only oversaw Dufresne Park. There is also a measure to transfer the remaining balance in the Dufresne revolving fund into the new committee’s fund at the end of this fiscal year.

Voters will also be asked to approve:

$120,000 for the replacement of the in-ground oil storage tanks at West State Street School, East Meadow School and the high school;

$59,000 for a one-ton dump truck, $45,000 for a pickup truck, $42,000 for a wood chipper and $40,000 for street signs for the highway department;

$66,000 for the paving of the Senior Center parking area;

$75,000 on a new computer server for the Town;

an estimated $72,000 for the purchase of new financial software and training;

an estimated $33,000 for a marked cruiser and $25,000 for an unmarked cruiser for the police department;

about $38,000 for the purchase of a new vehicle for the fire department;

the pay grade of the nutrition site coordinator, overseeing the senior lunch program at the senior center at grade 4, which ranges from $15.10 to $19.71 per hour.

Meanwhile, the proposed town operating budget will be presented to the Select Board on May 20, said Finance Committee Chairman John Libera Jr., and made public before the June 17 meeting, which is set for 7 p.m. at the high school.

The June 17 meeting will recess for a special town meeting to address projects related to the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. The agenda for the special town meeting will be posted by May 31, Martin said.

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