SANDOWN – The board of selectmen approved the general government buildings account for next year’s budget with a 3.89 percent increase over current year’s planned expenditures. The matter now goes to the budget committee for further review.
Most of the increase comes by way of a series of maintenance and repair projects that selectmen reviewed Monday and deemed worth including in the budget.
The deciding factor for the big-ticket items was concern that if not handled this year, the items may move from needing repair to needing to be replaced or causing irreparable damage.
The board, which had previously reviewed potential government building projects presented by town administrator Lynne Blaisdell, agreed at their Monday, Oct. 17 meeting to most of the suggestions.
The two biggest items are $10,100 for the refinishing of the floors upstairs in town hall, and $9,000 for a new roof on the Old Meeting House. Also included are septic system repairs, lawn fertilizing, access boxes for emergency entry at town buildings, steel pylons for parking around town hall, a new paint job for the interior of the fire department, repairs to the damaged boardwalk at the Train Depot and $5,000 for miscellaneous repairs.
These items bring that line item, building maintenance, to a total of $33,450.
The current year’s line totals $28,450.
All selectmen were in favor of the projects outlined and the bottom line of the total budget at $99,550 gross.
The current year’s general government buildings budget is allocated at $95,823, while 2015 was budgeted at $157,741.
Also approved by the selectmen was the Public Library’s budget at just over a 2 percent increase at a gross of $306,318. There was little discussion over this budget.