Tyringham voters to weigh lean budget, $130,000 for bridge repairs


TYRINGHAM — Necessary bridge repairs and a leaner operating budget will highlight Tuesday's annual town meeting.

Voters gathered at Town Hall starting at 7 p.m. will consider setting aside a total of $130,000 toward upgrading four small spans, according to town officials.

The funding will come through a $30,000 line-item within the budget and the rest from a loan via a special money article that needs a two-thirds majority for approval, said Finance Committee Chairman James Consolati.

"The bridges are to the point they need work," he said. "There's a couple we can at least fix ourselves."

Consolati noted the Monterey Road may need to be replaced and if so, it's hoped the state will pay for that project.

The proposed $1,376,506 budget for fiscal 2017 is roughly $110,000 less than the current spending plan. Consolati said the decrease, in part, is due to less spending on public education. Tyringham tuitions its student into the Lee Public Schools.

The 18-article warrant also will include a proposal to add $50,000 to the highway stabilization fund toward future purchases and a plan to set aside $4,500 for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

Earlier this year, the Tyringham Affordable Housing Association bought a 50-year-old small house for $175,000 as the town's first affordable housing residence.

The association is working with Construct, Inc., in Great Barrington, to determine eligibility guidelines, according to the town's Housing Committee. Preference will be given to families in Tyringham.

Contact Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233.


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