Lanesborough Annual Town Meeting: $10 million budget to be decided


LANESBOROUGH -- Voters will decide on a $10 million proposed fiscal 2015 budget, expenditures related to Mount Greylock Regional High School and several new bylaws at Tuesday's annual town meeting.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Lanesborough Elementary School.

Town Administrator Paul Sieloff said the budget represents a roughly 5 percent spending increase over 2014.

"Much of the difference is because this year, for the first time, we are showing appropriations relating to the Baker Hill Road District in the town's budget," Sieloff wrote in an email. "This total, of about $300,000, is offset by payments from the district. We feel that this is a more transparent way of presenting the budget."

The district helps maintain town roads, some of which it owns, through taxes collected from Berkshire Mall businesses.

One major article on the meeting warrant would approve the borrowing of Lanesborough's share in the $850,000 cost of a feasibility study to determine the best shape for a long-desired Mount Greylock Regional High School building project.

School district officials expect to be reimbursed 53.3 percent of the cost from the state's School Building Authority.

Lanesborough voters must approve their share of $98,712 for the study to be done. Williamstown voters already have approved $148,068 to their share of the study, while the district itself plans to contribute $150,000.

Also on tap, two proposed bylaws regulating new buildings and old buildings undergoing renovations and use of Pontoosuc Lake by residents who live nearby.

The Massachusetts stretch energy code is the model the first bylaw proposes to follow, which requires any new building or renovation job in town adhere to certain energy efficiency standards.

The lake bylaw, a work in progress for several years and recently reworked by a 10-member committee, is said by the committee to be more permissive than the present laws regulating use of the lake, which were drafted and ratified in 2012. It primarily concerns rafts, floats, moorings, buoys and private and neighborhood right-of-ways.

Many people in town oppose the present bylaw, but several have written The Eagle complaining about the new proposal, as well.

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