April 19, 2019

New Limerick voters OK extended office hours

NEW LIMERICK – In what Town Manager Judy Nightingale pegged as a “laid-back” affair, New Limerick residents made a slight change in the town’s operation schedule and elected local and school board representatives at their annual meeting Monday evening.

“We had 21 people come,” Nightingale said Tuesday. “I would have liked to have seen more people there, but the attendance was average for a slow year like this.”

One of the major decisions made by residents was to keep the town office open for five additional hours per week. The office will adhere to its current schedule of being open for business Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but will now simply be open for longer stretches.

Voters were handed a $227,000 municipal budget when they filed into the town office for Monday night’s meeting.

Nightingale said on Tuesday that those in attendance made some slight adjustments to the fiscal forecast by decreasing money in select agency accounts.

“Other than that, the whole process went smoothly,” Nightingale said.

This year’s budget was up approximately $28,000 over last year, which the town manager attributed to increases in the town’s snowplowing and fire contracts. The town also put aside money to repair some roads this summer, and funding requests from various agencies increased the overall budget figure as well.

At the polls, incumbent Tana McNutt had no problem securing another three-year term on the Board of Selectmen. McNutt ran unopposed for the seat.

No one put his name on the ballot for a two-year term on the SAD 70 school board, so voters wrote in a possible candidate. As of Tuesday afternoon Nightingale had not yet talked to that person to find out if he wanted the position.

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