April 07, 2020

Palmyra business hinges on generator> Meeting for voter review of annual budget rescheduled for Jan. 17

PALMYRA — The availability of a power generator will determine if the Palmyra Town Office opens today for business.

Contacted early Monday, Town Clerk Joan Bradley said town business has come to a halt until power can be restored to the town office and meeting hall on Route 2. The regularly scheduled selectmen’s meeting on Wednesday night is currently tentative, although the board will meet briefly to sign the warrant.

The town’s annual budget meeting, originally for scheduled Saturday, Jan. 10, has been postponed to Saturday, Jan. 17., again set for 10 a.m. The budget meeting, as the prelude to the town’s annual March town meeting, is the voters’ first crack at the town’s annual budget.

Repeatedly, the town has elected to have an open committee, rather than designated or elected members, for the annual review. The budget meeting and voting on recommendations for action at the March town meeting are open to anyone interested in the municipal government. That policy often creates conflict as special interest groups lobby for funding or attempt to trim funding from costly expenses.

The 66-article warrant for the March 14 town meeting once again includes an article to formalize the budget committee to a group of five, seven or nine members elected or appointed from the floor of the annual meeting.

New issues to be decided include moving the veterans memorial to a site near the town hall; approval of a parking ordinance; adoption of a disbursement policy for town funds; paying off the remaining debt on the town’s municipal park land; setting road construction standards for town acceptance; and designating industrial zones within the community.

Elections for two openings on the Board of Selectmen and one seat on the SAD 48 board of directors will be held March 13.

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