Chesterfield Town Meeting approves $3 million budget
CHESTERFIELD — Voters at Monday night’s town meeting approved a fiscal 2014 budget of $3,059,164, which represents $108,147 over last year’s budget of $2,951,017. This budget includes $ 645,898 for Chesterfield’s share of the Hampshire Regional School District; $661,406 for the Chesterfield/Goshen Regional School District; and $293,419, for Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School tuition.
Hampshire Regional School Superintendent Craig Jurgensen said he was pleased with the outcome.
“Chesterfield has always been very supportive of us. They have a very intelligent and hardworking finance committee,” Jurgensen said. “These are tight times but this is a budget that we can work with, without impacting the quality of our programs.”
Of the town’s 894 registered voters, 56 turned out for the meeting.
A majority vote approved $38,000 to reconstruct and seal the driveway and parking area at the Davenport Town Office Building.
“We are reminded on a monthly basis by people coming to the Town Offices to do business that the parking lot is a tripping hazard,” Select Board member Roger Fuller said. “There is definitely a safety issue and a need for additional space.”
Past installing a smoother surface, the plan is to widen the entrance and expand the parking lot to the east.
Conservation Commission member Lee Manchester said his panel would be involved in the process in order to prevent any damage to adjacent wetlands.
Voters also approved the creation of a Future Land Acquisition Stablization Fund, and an article that would appropriate $20,000 for that fund.
“The town did a survey on land use when a parcel of land recently came up for purchase,” said Janice Gibeau of the Finance Committee. “We have a good sense of what people’s needs and priorities are, but what we didn’t have was the funding. This will help us address and fund future land acquisition in town.”
By a majority vote, residents also authorized the town to borrow a sum of $45,000 over a period of five years for a wood chipper.
Prior to the start of the meeting, Select Board member David Kielson, who recently retired as Town Accountant, was recognized for his 25 years of service to the town.
Fuller presented Kielson with an engraved plaque that sported a calculator. Fuller thanked Keilson for his “outstanding service and dedication to the town” and voters gave Kielson a standing ovation.