Town meeting voters OK budget, debt exclusions
SUTTON — Voters approved a $25.8 million budget and two debt exclusion articles at last night’s annual town meeting.
The 28-article town meeting warrant was completed within an hour, and voters approved an $820,000 Proposition 2-1/2 debt exclusion article for an $869,000 roof repair project at the Learning Center and an $875,000 Proposition 2-1/2 debt exclusion to purchase a new fire engine ladder truck.
Each of the debt exclusions will now have to be approved by voters at the annual election May 26.
The Learning Center Roof repair project will be funded through a combination of debt exclusion funds and transfers. The project also may include solar energy improvements.
The new firetruck will replace the 33-year-old Engine 4, which was bought 10 years ago as an interim vehicle, said Fire Chief Paul Maynard. Chief Maynard said Sutton is one of two towns in the area — the other being Mendon — that does not have a ladder truck. Chief Maynard said the ladder truck will be key at larger homes and commercial buildings with high roofs and chimneys.
Rather than purchase a new engine and a new ladder truck, a Fire Department committee decided to combine those needs and purchase a mid-size ladder truck known as a Quint equipped with a 75-foot-long ladder.
— Donna Boynton