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Danvers selectmen start looking into fiscal 2012 warrant articles

Posted by Sean Teehan  April 1, 2011 10:53 AM

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Danvers' Board of Selectmen held a special meeting last night to examine warrant articles for the next fiscal year that could go before Town Meeting next month.

During last night's meeting, the board looked at warrant articles having to do with public works, including by-law amendments that would prohibit residents from dumping pollutants into storm drains. Danvers is required to pass the by-laws by the state Environmental Protection Agency, said David Lane, the town's public works director.

"It's far-reaching, far more extensive than the program we've been operating," Lane told the board last night. "We have to come up with a complete map system of the entire watershed and our pipe network system, where before we only had to identify the outlaws."

Also in the agenda was an article that would use almost $300,000 in free cash funds on building repairs next fiscal year. Repairs would be done on elementary and middle school buildings, the town library, fire department, police station, and other buildings.

Other public works articles the Selectmen examined last night included a culvert replacement on Maple Street, extending the town's cable television contract from three years to ten, funding the final payment for a new school bus, and various pavement and drainage articles.

The board took no vote last night, but will do so when they finish perusing all 41 articles during their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday or the following one on April 19, said Danvers Town Manager Wayne Marquis.

The warrant articles as well as the town's $57.4 million budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1,  will appear before town meeting on May 19.

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