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$6 Million in Special Town Meeting Spending Requests

Town Meeting Members will consider 38 articles and $67 million in spending requests at the October 22 Special Town Meeting. The session will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Upper Town Hall.

The spending requests include:

• $2,000 for the Legal Department to buy new computer equipment;

• $3,400 to replace a fence at the Milford Senior Center;

• $9,500 for the Parks Department to repair the Town Park basketball courts;

• $17,500 to design and obtain permits for a handicapped-accessible fishing platform at Louisa Lake;

• $18,000 to pay for the July Fourth fireworks celebration;

• $20,000 for the Park Department to use in maintaining the Upper Charles Trail;

• $25,000 to fight a Milford Water Company rate increase request;

• $25,000 to buy an Animal Control van;

• $25,000 for a new lawn tractor mower for the Parks Department;

• $25,000 for the Board of Health to buy a new pickup truck;

• $35,000 for a new truck for the Park Department;

• $44,000 for the Retirement Board to fund cost of living increases;

• $45,000 for the Milford Town Library to replace furniture and fixtures;

• $77,093 to fund collective bargaining for the Fire Department;

• $81,198 to fund collective bargaining for the Police Department;

• $100,000 for employee health insurance mitigation;

• $125,000 for the Parks Department to address environmental issues at Pains Park;

• $190,000 to purchase a new front-end loader for the Highway Department;

• $196,000 to purchase a new sidewalk tractor for the Highway Department;

• $385,000 to replace the Police Department roof;

• $400,000 to fund the Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) Liability Fund;

• $450,000 for the Fire Department to purchase a new fire engine;

• $480,000 to replace the windows in Town Hall;

• $1.8 million for the Milford Pond Restoration project;

• Transferring $500,000 into the Stabilization Fund; and,

• Transferring $1 million to offset the tax rate.

Also on the warrant are an article proposed by the Finance Committee to replace the town's Capital Improvement Committee and add a permanent Finance Committee subcommittee to evaluate capital improvement spending requests and a competing proposed by the Capital Improvement Committee to redefine its operations. Selectmen Chairman Brian Murray has asked representatives of both committees to meet with his board prior to the meeting to explain the reasons for the two proposals.

In addition, the Planning Board is sponsoring four separate amendments to the Zoning By-laws and the Board of Selectmen is sponsoring articles to accept Dynasty Drive and Celestial Circle as town roads.


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