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Town Meeting preview: Orford proposes broadband development capital reserve fund

Published: 3/3/2021 3:13:43 PM
Modified: 3/3/2021 4:00:36 PM

 

Hot topic: The Orford Selectboard is proposing the establishment of a broadband development capital reserve fund and adding $2,000 to it to develop plans or a business model for a town-wide broadband system.

Budget: Voters will be asked to approve a $1.16 million general fund budget, which is about level with the budget they approved in 2020.

Noteworthy articles: A petitioned article is asking voters to elect a town road agent instead of having the Selectboard appoint someone to the position.

Another petitioned article wants the Selectboard to create an “Orford Town Road Commission” which will be made up of five residents “with town roads, bridges, and heavy equipment experience,” to advise the town about roads, bridges, the town garage, road equipment and any other matters that fall under the Orford Road Department.

The members, who would be appointed by the Selectboard and planning board, would also research and create a report about privatizing or contracting out town road maintenance to private entities.

Contested races: Selectboard chairman John Adams is running unopposed for a three-year term.

Peter B. Dooley, P. Chase King and Faith Knapp are running for a one-year term on the Selectboard.

Voters will also write-in candidates for three Planning Board seats: Two for three-year terms and one for a one-year term.

When and where: Voting on officers will take place by Australian ballot from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, at the Orford Town Building.

Voting on all other articles will take place beginning at 1 p.m. May 22 near the bandstand on the Town Common.

— Liz Sauchelli




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