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Royalston’s Tuesday meeting should be quick

For the Athol Daily News
Published: 10/20/2019 9:40:09 PM
Modified: 10/20/2019 9:40:07 PM

ROYALSTON – Only three articles will be presented to Royalston voters when they gather for the fall town meeting Tuesday, Oct. 22. The meeting gets under way at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Article 1 seeks the transfer of $79,000 from available funds for repairs to the town’s wastewater treatment system “including all incidentals and related expenses...” At the annual town meeting in May voters appropriated $40,000 for the work, but at a Selectboard meeting earlier this month, board Chair Deb D’Amico observed that “it came to our attention the amount needed was significantly more than that.”

An initial review of likely expenses revealed the cost to be approximately $78,200. A second look, however, set the figure slightly higher, at $79,000.

The second article on the warrant asks for an increase in the operations budget for the wastewater treatment plant and sewer system from just over $50,000, which was approved at the annual town meeting, to about $70,000. The reason for the increase is the addition of a salary line to the treatment plant budget of nearly $26,000. That amount covers the cost of an operator working eight hours per week at a rate of $35 per hour. The number of hours and therefore the level of pay is expected to decrease in the next fiscal year.

The final article is a housekeeping measure, calling for the transfer of $307 from the Stabilization Fund to pay a bill left over from FY19.

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