Wilton Board adds warrant articles

WILTON – At their regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 9, the Board of Selectmen continued discussion of proposed articles for the Town Meeting warrant and added two.

Board Chairman Kermit Williams said the Sewer Department needed to replace the stand-by generators at two pump stations, one on Intervale and one near WS Packaging on Mill Street

The cost was estimated at $200,000. Williams said a state fund will loan the town the money at a low rate and would be paid by the users.

“We have been notified we are on the list to receive the loan,” Williams said.

According to Commissioner Tom Schultz, the generators date to 1983 when they were purchased with a grant. A new grant is being sought.

The Board also added an article to replace the Fire Department air packs and rescue tools over a three-year period.

Fire Chief Don Nourse said he is applying for grants to cover the costs.

The Highway Department backhoe will be replaced. The current one “has been a lemon since it was bought,” according to Road Agent Mike Tatro, and is costing a lot in repairs.

The Selectmen are also seeking a change in wording on several capital reserve funds to allow the selectmen to expend money without going to town meeting in cases of need. They said they need that authority particularly in the funds for repairs at the Reservoir and the Frog Pond.

The Board will meet with the Lyndeborough Selectmen to discuss and resolve an on-going problem with a property on Center Road which is bisected by the town line, causing confusion in tax billing.

In other business, Williams announced the death of long-time resident and former Selectman Charles McGettingan, Jr., 91. McGettigan served as selectman for 24 years and Road Agent for 18 years, as well as holding many other offices. A page of the town report will be dedicated to him.

Williams said the Community Power application has been approved by the state.

Town Meeting will be held at the Middle/High School.