Moscow residents will consider setting aside additional money Monday at Town Meeting for the town’s 2016 bicentennial celebration this summer.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Moscow Elementary School.

The town’s election will take place from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Moscow Town Hall. There are no contested races.

The total proposed budget that residents will consider is $387,782, which is down $17,953 from last year, First Selectman Donald Beane said. To fund the budget, $76,057 would to come from surplus accounts.

Among items that residents will be asked to approve are $39,000 for maintenance of town roads and bridges, $84,500 for snow removal and sanding, $45,723 for the transfer station, $44,587 for ambulance service and $9,000 for Town Hall expenses.

The Budget Committee is recommending that the first selectman be paid $10,000 and the second and third selectmen each be paid $3,000. The salaries are the same as were approved last year, Beane said.

Also on the 57-item meeting warrant is an article asking that the town appropriate $15,000 from surplus for the 2016 bicentennial celebration and raise $5,000 more for the celebration. The money would be used in addition to $41,095 in unexpended balances that already has been set aside for the July celebration.

Residents at the 2015 Town Meeting also raised $6,000 toward the purchase of a community clock to commemorate the town’s 200-year anniversary, which was Jan. 31. A small celebration was held this winter to mark the date, but a 10-day celebration with live music, fireworks and other community events is planned for July 15 to July 24.

“I expect everything will run smoothly,” Beane said of Monday’s meeting.

In the election, Beane is running for re-election to the Board of Selectmen, Lise Smith is running for town clerk, Janneke Strickland is running for a one-year term on the board of School Administrative District 13, Pauline Lagasse is running for a three-year term on the SAD 13 board and Forrest Rollins is running for road commissioner.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

[email protected]

Twitter: @rachel_ohm


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