MOSCOW — Residents voted Monday night at the Town Meeting to raise $6,000 toward the purchase of a community clock to commemorate the town’s 200-year anniversary.

“There were some people who said it was too much money to spend on something like this, but in the end we voted on it and it passed by a narrow margin,” said First Selectman Donald Beane.

The $6,000 represents about half the estimated cost of the clock, and the rest of the money will have to come from donations or be raised at next year’s Town Meeting, Beane said. The proposal was one of 64 items approved at the meeting Monday night, including raising an additional $10,000 for the bicentennial celebration in 2016.

A total municipal budget of $449,207 was approved, which includes $41,272 to come from surplus. The budget also includes a $510 raise for the town tax collector and treasurer, which is one position held by Janice Malloy.

The raise, which changes the stipend to $17,510 represents an increase of about 3 percent. It was the only item that residents voted to change from what selectmen and the budget committee were recommending.

“She spoke at the meeting and said she hadn’t had a raise in a few years, and they went along with it,” Beane said.

About 30 people attended the meeting.

“There was very little debate. Most things went through very easily with little discussion,” Beane said.

In elections, Michael Staples was elected second selectman, assessor and overseer of the poor. Dorothy Rollins was elected town clerk, and Forrest Rollins was elected road commissioner. Adrienne Mathieu and Danette Messer were elected to the School Administrative District 13 board of directors.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

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Twitter: @rachel_ohm


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