Hinsdale annual town meeting preview

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Where: Kittredge School at 80 Maple St.

This year's town meeting will include 24 articles. The meeting will include discussion on the purchase of a new town beach, the beginning of a two-year project to cover up an old landfill, and potentially waiving dog licensing fees for residents over 70.

Buying a beach: The town will decide whether to purchase the Plunkett Lake Beach, the Lion's Club's waterfront property, for $25,000 and an additional $10,000 to cover all costs to prepare the site to be open to the public. This would require a two-thirds vote.

Landfill: The Department of Environmental Protection has required that Hinsdale cover up a former landfill that is located at the transfer station on Plunkett Road Extension with 2 feet of soil. The two-year project is estimated to cost the town around $550,000, but voters will decide whether to spend $100,000 on the first phase of the project.

Budget:

Fiscal 2020: $4,760,629

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Increase: 0.04 percent

Line items

$50,000: From capital stabilization account for a new police cruiser

$30,000: From free cash (and $130,410 of grant money) to replace the Town Hall's heating and cooling system with a more energy-efficient one

$35,000: From free cash to purchase Plunkett Lake Beach

$100,000: From free cash to pay for the first phase of capping a landfill at the transfer station

— Haven Orecchio-Egresitz


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