Voters at the Harmony Town Meeting Saturday will consider spending $25,200 to repair and maintain cemeteries.

The meeting will be at 9 a.m. at Harmony Elementary School, where election of some officers will be by a show of hands and some by paper ballot, according to Town Clerk Bette Pratt.

Last year, voters agreed to raise and appropriate $3,800 for cemeteries, but more is needed to repair and maintain damaged stones, including those marking veterans’ graves, according to First Selectman Donna Olson.

“We’ve got 60 broken stones,” Olson said. “The cemeteries just need repair.”

If voters agree to raise the money for the nearly dozen cemeteries in town, they will spend about $10,000 more than the $330,607 they voted to raise and appropriate at last year’s town meeting, Olson said. That amount did not include county tax, she said.

In elections, Second Selectman Jesse Patterson’s seat is open because he is not running for re-election. Road Commissioner Carl Pease Jr. also chose not to seek re-election, so that seat is open also.


Voters also will consider re-electing the town clerk, tax collector and excise tax collector. They also are scheduled to choose two parks and recreation committee members, a budget committee member, three transportation committee members, a member of the planning board of appeals, a planning board member and a member of the superintending school committee, with all terms to expire in 2017. They also will consider electing an addressing officer, whose term would expire in 2015.

In other business, voters will consider voting to support a construction application that would require residents to notify town officials when they intend to build or upgrade taxable structures on their properties.

Olson said the town is undergoing a revaluation and having construction applications will help the town to keep tax records up to date.

“We think this is a tool that will help us be aware of new structures,” Olson said.

A construction application would not cost anything; it is not a building permit, she said.

Now, it is up to residents to let selectmen/assessors know about their building projects, she said. Elected officials try to go around and check properties each year, but they feel the information will be more accurate if construction applications are used, she said.

Residents will consider voting to borrow $82,000 for a new school bus. They also will consider raising and appropriating $54,500 for summer roads and $100,000 for winter roads; $3,500 for recreation maintenance and expenses, including mowing and snow removal; $4,500 for street lighting; $12,400 for transfer station operation; $7,000 for road improvements; and $5,000 for the road equipment fund.

Amy Calder — 861-9247 [email protected] Twitter: @AmyCalder17

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