Byron Coley: Move Deerfield forward on Jan. 16

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Published: 01-12-2024 1:12 PM

Modified: 01-12-2024 8:22 PM

The torrential storms last summer wreaked havoc on Deerfield’s roads and culverts, leading to millions in repair costs.

At the public information session on Jan. 9, Select Board Chairwoman Carolyn Shores Ness and Police Chief John Paciorek highlighted the unprecedented destruction. Our Department of Public Works Superintendent Kevin Scarborough detailed the rapid response efforts.

Now, with bills due and rebuilding ongoing, the town needs to borrow money to ensure the work is completed.

On Jan. 16, a “yes” vote authorizes up to $5 million, with only essential funds borrowed. The Select Board is working with our state representatives to assure as much of the cost as possible is covered by other means.

This debt exclusion ensures the town meets financial obligations for emergency repairs. Time to approve necessary borrowing and move Deerfield forward.

Byron Coley

South Deerfield

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