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Town Meeting Approves Financial Articles

Town Meeting Members approved spending $113,000 to buy and demolish this house at 26 Dilla Street that abuts the "Consigli property" near Louisa Lake purchased several years ago. Selectmen Chairman Dino DeBartolomeis said the property could be used for passive recreation and, someday, the town could use land from both parcels to straighten out the curve on Dilla Street.



Milford Town Meeting members approved all 17 of the financial articles before them at the May 23 Annual Town Meeting:

• Article 2: Granting 2.5 percent raises for salaried and hourly rated town employees and 1.25 percent raises for hourly non-rated and miscellaneous employees, election workers and board clerks. (Approved by majority voice vote.)

• Article 3: Granting 2.5 percent raises for the full-time elected Town Clerk, Town Treasurer, Tax Collector and Highway Surveyor and no raises for other elected officials. (Approved by unanimous voice vote.)

• Article 4: Appropriating $79,281,769 fiscal year 2012 operating budget. (Approved by majority voice vote, including six separate line items that were voted on separately after questions about them were answered.)

• Article 17: Transferring $35,000 from the excess and deficiencies account to fund the town's contract for the current fiscal year 2011 with the Milford Permanent Firefighters Association. Selectman William Buckley said the Fire Department has $27,000 in its current budget to make up the total $62,000 needed. (Approved by unanimous voice vote.)

• Article 18: Transferring $50,000 from the excess and deficiencies account to fund the town's ongoing engineering, consulting and legal expenses for cleaning up a hazardous waste site on town property off the Upper Charles Trail behind the property of Sumer Realty Trust and the Benjamin Moore Company. Town Counsel Gerald Moody said the town has spent $283,000 to date on the legal issue against Benjamin Moore and the state Department of Environmental Protection, with a 2006 estimate putting the clean-up costs "in excess of $1 million." (Approved by unanimous voice vote.)

• Article 19: Appropriating $56,725 and transferring $56,275 from funds held from the sale of lots ($113,000 total) to purchase and demolish a house at 26 Dilla St. that abuts the town-owned "Consigli property." (Approved by a 144-1 vote.)

• Article 21: Transferring $21,822.46 from the excess and deficiencies account (from vending machines in the Milford School District) to be spent by the School Committee for student activities not funded in the school budget. (Approved by unanimous voice vote.)

• Article 26: Appropriating $95,000 for the Board of Selectmen to acquire 33 permanent and 79 temporary easements related to the $4-million Massachusetts Department of Transportation (DOT) project to improve traffic signals and paving on Main St. (Route 16) and East Main St. (Route 16). (Approved by majority voice vote.)

• Article 27 Transferring $25,000 from the excess and deficiencies account to pay for consulting services for engineering drawings, plans and specifications for the town's fiscal year 2012



Community Development Block Grant application. (Approved by unanimous voice vote.)

• Article 28: Transferring $25,000 from the excess and deficiencies account to be added to the current fiscal year's Veterans Department budget. (Approved by unanimous voice vote.)

• Article 29: Transferring $17,789.61 from the excess and deficiencies account to be added to the current fiscal year's hydrant account. Buckley said the funds are needed to cover the Milford Water Company's recent rate hike. (Approved by unanimous voice vote.)

• Article 32: Appropriating $20,000 for the Highway Surveyor to spend on stormwater management compliance. (Approved by majority voice vote.)

• Article 34: Establishing a Sewer Stabilization Fund and transferring $2 million from the Sewer Department's "sewer revenues retained earnings account" into it. Town Treasurer Barbara Auger said the account will hold the revenue received from Milford's Intermunicipal agreement to treat sewerage from Hopkinton. (Approved by unanimous voice vote.)

• Article 35: Appropriating $35,000 for the Park Commission to install a gravel-packed well and pump station at the Fino Field pool to provide water for the pool and irrigate both Fino Field and Votalato Field. (Approved by majority voice vote.)

• Article 36: Transferring $10,500 from the sale of lots account to allow Vernon Grove Cemetery Trustees to lay out the remaining lots in the cemetery. (Approved by unanimous voice vote.)

• Article 37: Closing out four completed Special Article accounts totaling $119,956.34 to the town' General Fund. (Approved by unanimous voice vote.)

• Article 38: Transferring $80,650 from eight lines items within the current fiscal year's budget to eight other line items in the current budget to keep them sufficiently funded. (Approved by unanimous voice vote.)




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