Savoy pavilion project gets boost at town meeting

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SAVOY — A long-awaited civic gathering place stands nearly complete off Route 116 in the town's center. It's about to get prettier.

In their final act at annual town meeting, residents agreed to transfer $20,000 to cover final construction costs at the town park.

Town Clerk Brenda Smith said that in addition to placing more attractive siding on the new building to the west of Town Hall, money will be used to create a parking area.

That allocation capped a straightforward meeting May 8 that put in place a $1,738,596 budget for the year that starts July 1. The sum represents a 1.78 percent increase over this year's spending.

Top line items approved by residents included $729,803 for local schools; $254,072 for the highway department; $171,501 for tuition for the C.H. McCann Technical High School; $35,112 for the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School; and $123,700 for general government.

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The 28 residents who attended the meeting agreed to increase annual stipends for members of the Select Board from $2,000 to $3,500, their first pay increase since 2001.

On May 15, residents backed an uncontested slate for town offices.

The only newcomer to office, Ross Kunzmann, was elected to an open five-year seat on the Planning Board.

Smith was reelected as an assessor, and these other incumbents were also returned to office: Joan Ziter to the Cemetery Commission (three years); Phillip Reeves as constable (three years); Eric Krutiak as moderator (one year); Russell Clarke to both the Planning Board (five years) and the Select Board (three years); and Jennifer Nocher of the School Committee (three years).

Larry Parnass can be reached at, at @larryparnass on Twitter and 413-496-6214.


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