Chesterfield Town Meeting set for Monday

For the Gazette
Saturday, May 12, 2018

CHESTERFIELD — Voters on Monday will be asked to approve a $3.6 million fiscal 2019 budget, and 21 warrant articles at the annual Town Meeting.

The lion’s share of the $3,655,990 budget is an education budget request of $1,975,367.

Town Administrator Sue Labrie said that the town will also ask voters to approve $40,000 for the purchase of a pickup truck for the highway department, $15,000 for an emergency generator to be installed at the highway garage, and $8,500 for four sets of firefighter turnout gear for the Fire Department.

Labrie said the warrant also includes a request to use $150,000 of the town’s free cash to fund the engineering and reconstruction of North and Damon Pond roads.

This project is on the Transportation Infrastructure Program list for funding; however, the town must first foot the bill for the initial engineering. The total cost of this piece of the project is actually $350,000, but the extra $200,000 will be paid from the state’s chapter 90 funds.

Two warrant articles address slowing traffic in town, one by establishing a speed limit of 25 mph in thickly settled areas or business districts, and another that creates “safety zones” with speed limits of 20 mph.

Voters will also consider placing a 3 percent excise tax on recreational marijuana sold by any vendor in the town.

The annual Town Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall on Main Road.

One hour prior to the annual Town Meeting, residents are encouraged to attend a Broadband Project Informational Meeting, at which the MLP Manager and Broadband Working Group will provide a status report regarding the town’s ongoing broadband project.