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November 26, 2013

Salem DPW project to cost extra $21K

Selectmen need to find $21K

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Some selectmen, including Campbell, had refused to do business with the LGC because of a bitter legal battle with the town. The LGC owes the town between $300,000 and $400,000 as part of a reimbursement dispute, according to Selectmen’s Chairman Everett McBride Jr.

Hickey told selectmen Monday that the LGC board has agreed to waive a stipulation that prohibited the town from receiving insurance through the municipal carrier for at two years because it withdrew from previous coverage plans. Hickey said it would be difficult to determine how much the town could save.

Selectmen decided not to add an additional $21,093 to the budget. Lyons said it was their responsibility, not Hickey’s, to find savings within the budget.

“Don’t tell this guy to do it,” he said of Hickey. “Find something else you want to do.”

Selectmen said they will consider possible cuts and discuss the issue further at their meeting Dec. 9.

Hickey said the project would have to be done soon or the town would risk losing the $411,000 in cleanup costs funded by the state.

“I don’t know how long that money will be there,” he said.

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