Dunstable Selectmen Approve Paving Fund and Fiscal MOU

In a recent meeting, the Dunstable Board of Selectmen tackled key fiscal and infrastructure issues, including the approval of a Paving Fund with a $70,000 donation from National Grid and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to impose spending parameters on the town and school district. The meeting was marked by constructive debates and decisions that could potentially shape the town’s financial health and infrastructure management.

The establishment of the Paving Fund emerged as a prominent issue. The board voted to approve the creation of this fund, backed by a generous donation from National Grid, specifically earmarked for paving. The decision to allocate these funds for road maintenance was debated, with particular attention to the road commission’s autonomy over the decision-making process.

Simultaneously, the board addressed another financial matter: the proposed MOU with the GR Industrial Regional School District. This MOU is designed to ensure fiscal discipline by setting spending parameters that align with revenue growth. The debate included the consideration of various factors, such as the potential impact of a new superintendent on budget guidelines and the use of end funds for capital costs. Additionally, the board suggested incorporating an escape clause into the document to provide flexibility. The MOU was ultimately approved with modifications.

The meeting further engaged with the issue of fiscal responsibility through the discussion of reallocating funds for the purchase of pole pads used during the presidential primary election. The importance of redundancy in the voting process was highlighted, prompting the board to approve the reallocation of funds for this purchase and to consider the need for additional devices.

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In addition to fiscal concerns, the board also deliberated over the allocation of Chapter 90 funds, which are state funds provided for road and bridge repairs. The condition of local roads was a concern, with members discussing how to strategically use the funds for road maintenance. The emphasis was placed on the need for using these funds effectively to address the town’s paving projects.

The meeting also touched upon the confusion regarding appointments to the affordable housing committee and master plan implementation committee. Despite some initial confusion, the board clarified the appointments and moved forward with the approval.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Town Administrator:
Jason Silva
City Council Officials:
Ronald Mikol, Leah D. Basbanes, Kieran Meehan

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