HARMONY — A proposal to close all-terrain vehicle access routes on public roads and rights of way in town is expected to prompt debate Saturday at the annual Town Meeting.

First Selectman Donna Olson said the affected roads include Chadbourne Road from downtown into Wellington and other roads on the south side of town. Some of roads have been open to ATV use for four years, others since 2010, she said.

Voters on Saturday also will be asked to increase the membership of the Harmony School Committee from five members to seven.

Olson said if all spending articles are passed as proposed, the budget will increase by about $7,700. She said the municipal budget last year was $437,465. This year’s budget comes in at $445,210.

In money matters, voters will be asked to spend $18,000 for the Harmony Volunteer Fire Department, with $3,000 to go into the depreciation fund savings account.

Residents also will be asked to raise $5,000 to paint the roof and other repairs to the Harmony Community Center, $54,500 for summer roads and $100,000 for winter roads, with $1,000 to be transferred to the sand and salt shed reserve account. Another $7,000 is being recommended for general road improvements.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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