Friday, February 15, 2013
News to Know February 15th
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TOWN REPORTSELEMENTARY SCHOOL BOARD BUDGET PRESENTATION ONLINE
Berlin Town Reports are back from the printers. They can be picked up at the Town Office. Reports were also delivered over to the elementary school to go home with students.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BOARD BUDGET PRESENTATION ONLINE
The Berlin School Board has created a brief video presentation of the proposed school budget that voters will be asked to approve at Town Meeting. Community members are encouraged to access the video online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?
(reposted from Berlin Front Porch Forum)
The Berlin Recreation Board is holding the annual community skating day this Sunday from until at the town skating rink (next to the Town Offices/Police Station). Admission is free and refreshments will be provided by the Berlin Police Department.
Thanks to the Recreation Board and Police Department for putting this on!
- Ture Nelson
Pub 2/14/13 Times Argus by David Delcore
The result couldn’t have been much closer on a day when 230 of the town’s 1,917 registered voters trickled into the town offices to cast ballots over the span of nine hours and it took less than five minutes to count them.
How close was it?
So close that the chairman of the town’s water supply committee, who watched as the blue ballots were counted, had a sinking feeling the project he and others have been working on since 2007 was going to come up a few votes short.
“It’s not looking good,” Tom Willard said while eyeing a mounting stack of “no” votes.
Willard was smiling moments later when Town Clerk Rosemary Morse announced that the bond issue had been approved, 122-108.
“What’s that tell you?” Morse asked, prompting a rapid response from one of the local justices of the peace.
“That maybe we should count again?” Matt Levin replied.
They didn’t as Select Board Chairman Brad Towne declared victory and board member Pete Kelley did some quick calculating.
“Your motion passes,” Towne told Willard even as Kelley chimed in.
“So eight people have spent $5.5 million,” Kelley said, noting that if eight votes had gone the other way the bond issue would have been dead in the water.
Despite disappointing turnout and dueling letters to the editor between officials in
Towne was quick to note they aren’t there yet, and not just because they have to wait 30 days to see if a petition signed by 5 percent of the town’s electorate — about 96 registered voters — surfaces in an attempt to force a revote.
According to Towne, the Select Board now needs to see if it can arrange for favorable federal financing and lock down customers for the proposed water system.
“I just want people to understand that because the vote passed doesn’t mean we’re actually going to borrow the money,” he said. “We’re going to take and see if we can get the financing to do it.”
The bond issue was approved amid promises that only the users would pay for the system’s construction and that those who own property in the Berlin Four Corners area would not be compelled to hook on to the system. The water is to come from three wells the town drilled, tested and acquired on
In addition to the wells, the plan includes installation of an estimated 31,500 linear feet of water line and a 400,000-gallon water storage tank and pump station. Both the tank and the pump station would be near the wells.
The Select Board decided not to warn the bond vote in conjunction with