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Atkinson looks to surplus to improve roads

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 13, March 27, 2002

By Sarah MacIlroy
Staff Writer

ATKINSON In what could be one of the last town meetings the community will ever hold, residents accepted 46 articles on the annual town meeting warrant without too much discussion.

One of the most expensive items on this year's warrant was an over $140,000 highway project. Voters approved the total amount with some of those funds being carried over from last year's appropriation and some coming from surplus.

Town Clerk Linda Roebuck said some of the roads have all ready been done, and with this year's money, they hope to complete the paved roads.

"We have the surplus," she said, "and if we deorganize, it goes away... We wanted to get all the paved roads done within a certain amount of time."

she said the town could start work on the dirt roads next.

Town revenues decreased slightly in the year 2002 Roebuck said. The town will receive slightly less in state revenue sharing this year and in tree growth.

Since voters have approved the municipal budget, the only element playing a role in their local tax is the school budget which won't be decided until June. some are projecting a large increase in the school budget, but the town's spending package saw only a slight increase this year.

At Monday's meeting, nearl $2,000 was appropriated to various non-profit organizations. Debra Roberts was chosen to fill the town constable position. William V. Roberts will be the animal control officer; and Linda Roebuck will be the Town Clerk for the coming year.

Thomas E. Harvey, Sr., David R. Kinney and Carl O. Dow were chosen as selectmen. However, the town is still looking to fill an additional person to serve a 3-year term on the SAD 41 board of directors.

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