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February 3, 2013

Voters tweak proposed selectmen raise

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The shelter would provide protection from bad weather during the town’s summer children’s recreation programs and also be a space where the town could hold multiple events and functions.

“One of our visions is to have a more permanent structure so we can utilize that space, not only for our summer recreation program, but for other events,” said resident Sue Sherman, who is a member of the town’s recreation commission. “This will not only help our kids and our sports programs, but it can help all families and seniors.”

No changes were made to the warrant article which requested $80,000 from the taxpayers. Voters chose not to spend $150,000 on the same facility last year.

Fire Chief John McArdle spoke in support of a proposed $80,000 for a new roof for the public safety complex.

“We are going to remain in that building,” McArdle said. “We need to fix that roof. We are hopefully going to be there for a very long time.”

About 40 residents and town officials attended the meeting at Town Hall. The session was just over two hours long.

Other proposals advancing to the ballot include $50,000 for a new highway department truck, $31,500 to replace mobile radios in the police department and $10,000 for new windows for the Plaistow Circuit Court House.

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