Board OKs street funds
The Selectmen approved an $84,000 lump-sum amendment to the design contract held by Tighe & Bond for the reconstruction of South Street. The additional funds were allocated for unanticipated design work, including surface transitions to side streets, public coordination meetings with homeowners, landscaping and a recommendation from the Dalton Historical Commission to save trees.
Monday's approval of the contract allows for a closeout of the design phase and a transition into the construction phase, set to begin this spring, according to Town Manager Kenneth E. Walto.
The Selectmen also named Jan. 7 as the date for a special election for a pair of debt exclusion articles that, if passed by majority vote, would finalize approval for Town Hall and Craneville School renovations.
The special election would uphold approval for the $1.1 million in exterior improvements to the 115-year-old Town Hall and $286,600 to replace the 18-year-old carpeting at Craneville Ele-mentary School, which voters approved at a special town meeting last week. Both measures would result in tax increases and must therefore pass an override by special election.
In other business, the board approved an increase in dog license fees from $15 to $25 for dogs not spayed or neutered. Licenses for spayed and neutered dogs will increase from $10 to $20 at the start of the calendar year. License fees for owners with four to six dogs will rise from $10 to $20.
According to Walto, increases in license fees were an alternative to tax increases.
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