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Town Meeting preview: Grafton weighing 2½-ton truck

Published: 3/4/2021 4:35:14 PM
Modified: 3/4/2021 4:44:02 PM

Hot Topic: With the proposed $1.16 million Grafton municipal budget declining by around $25,000, the hot topic is likely to be the purchase of a new 2½-ton truck at a cost of nearly $115,000. Even in that case, town officials plan to cover all but $10,000 of the cost out of capital reserves and the rest would come from the year-end undesignated fund balance.

Noteworthy articles: Among the 23 articles on the warrant are a request to increase the pay for Selectboard members from $2,000 to $2,500 a year and a proposal to increase the number of Budget Committee members from three to four, which with a Selectboard representative would give the committee an odd number of members to prevent tie votes. There are also two petitioned articles, one that would change the purpose of the Library Capital Reserve Fund and another that would urge the Legislature to redraw districts without gerrymandering.

Contested races: Longtime Selectboard member Steve Darrow has opted not to run again and three candidates are seeking the open seat: Leon Dugan has served on the Selectboard in the past; Rich Angell is a member of the town Planning Board; and Thomas McGinty is a newcomer to town politics. Angell also is among three candidates seeking two seats on the Planning Board, along with fellow incumbent Brian Fellers and newcomer Sabrina Kirwan.

When and where: Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, at the Grafton Fire/Ambulance Station for Australian balloting on all articles.

— Alex Hanson

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