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Town Meeting preview: Plainfield officials seek approval to build new Meriden library with private funding

Published: 3/1/2021 7:03:24 PM
Modified: 3/1/2021 8:31:50 PM
PlainfieldOfficials seek approval to build new Meriden library

Budget: The Selectboard is seeking approval of a town budget totaling $2.47 million. However, it does not recommend passage of  a separate petitioned article, an $8,500 request for Visiting Nurse and Hospice of VT and NH. On the school side, the proposed budget is almost $7.3 million, plus separate articles for new contracts for teachers and staff at Plainfield Elementary School would add about $60,000 in the first year.

Noteworthy articles: Library officials are asking for permission to spend $1.15 million to build a new Meriden Library, and the Selectboard supports the request. No tax dollars would be required because of the success of private fundraising in town.

Contested races: Amy Lappin, who works as a deputy director for Lebanon Public Libraries, is running for an open Selectboard seat against Dennis Girouard, a frequent critic of spending in town. Selectboard Chair Rob Taylor is not running again. Girouard is also one of three candidates for two seats on the School Board, along with incumbent Mary (Beth) Houde and Jordan Green.

Pandemic Precautions: Voting on town and school district officers in Plainfield will take place by Australian ballot on March 9, but the floor portions of the town and school meetings have been pushed back to early June.

When and where: Voting for officers will take place by Australian ballot on Tuesday, March 9, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Plainfield Elementary School gym. The floor portions of the town and school meetings will be held in a tent on school grounds on Saturday, June 5.

—John P. Gregg

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