Lanesborough annual town meeting preview

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When: 6 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Lanesborough Elementary School, 188 Summer St.

Highlights: Home and business owners could see at least a $1 decrease in the current tax rate of $22.63 should town meeting voters approve the budget as proposed, according to Town Manager Kelli Robbins. Robbins says the projected $290,000 spending decrease in fiscal 2020 comes from her finding "money all over the budget that didn't need to be there."

Police station: A citizens petition asks voters to fund a study that explores three options for a future police station: the current site downtown, the former Vacation Village, and town-owned land on North Main Street once targeted for senior housing and a senior center. The Select Board would prefer studying a tract fronting Laston Park rather than the North Main Street site. The Police Department backs the study, noting that four years of a piecemeal upgrade of the current station has taken long enough.

Town government: Two other citizen-sponsored articles call for an expanded Select Board and establishing a secret ballot voting procedure at town meetings. If approved, the Select Board would go from three to five members, the additional seats initially filled at the June 2020 annual town election.

The secret ballot measure calls for at least 10 percent of the registered voters at a town meeting to call for a secret vote on any warrant article.

Senior needs: The Council on Aging wants voters to fund a $10,000 contract for professional services to identify the administrative structure and funding sources to build out senior housing in Lanesborough. The council's other request is for $15,000 toward renovating the community room on the lower level of Town Hall. The installation of a dishwasher and energy-efficiency upgrades would benefit the Senior Center located in the community room.

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Budget

Fiscal 2020: $10.7 million

Decrease: 2.5 percent

Line items

$247,542 to fund the Baker Hill Road District

$223,000, toward buying a dump truck with sander and snowplow

$100,000, for one-time appropriation to catch up on road repairs

— Dick Lindsay,The Berkshire Eagle


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