EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 8, 2013

Donor steps up to help save trees

By John Toole
jtoole@eagletribune.com

---- — PELHAM – A donor has stepped forward with an anonymous contribution to help relocate memorial trees in the path of the town roundabouts project.

Selectmen will consider accepting the $1,000 donation during their meeting tonight at Town Hall, board Chairman William McDevitt said.

“This will help to keep the cost down,” McDevitt said.

Officials have estimated moving and replanting the trees will cost about $5,000.

Conservation funds would cover the balance of the expense.

The trees will be relocated from in front of Town Hall along Marsh Road and replanted near the library. The work is expected to take place later this winter.

The trees are endangered by the roundabouts project in the town center.

They have been planted over the years as memorials. Two crabapple trees memorialize longtime Pelham teacher Ruth Richardson.

Tonight, selectmen also will hold a hearing at 7 p.m. on a proposed $1 million bond issue to renovate Town Hall to provide offices for School Administrative Unit 28 offices.

Officials expect they would be able to complete the work for less than $1 million.

Windham is splitting from Pelham to form its own standalone SAU 95.

The SAU 28 offices are now located in Windham, so offices are needed in Pelham for school administrators.

The board meets at 6:30 p.m. in Sherburne Hall, 6 Village Green.

The Budget Committee will hold a hearing on the $13 million town budget and $27 million school budget at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Pelham Elementary School, 61 Marsh Road.

The town deliberative session is Feb. 5, with the school deliberative Feb. 6. Town Meeting is March 12.