Selectmen’s Short Takes – June 27, 2016

By Debra Parkhurst

SelectmenAt their meeting on June 27, the Bedford Selectmen took the following actions:

Approved Reserve Fund Transfers for the following departments:

  • Fire Department, up to $30,000 for Vehicle Repairs
  • Planning Department, $8,026 for vacation buyback for the retiring Planning Director
  • School Department, $83,819 for homeless transportation

Moved to “Write off’ $45,476 in uncollectible ambulance bills as presented by Fire Chief David Grunes for FY 2014-FY2016.

Approved additional Material/ Service Bids for Gasoline & Diesel Fuel, Athletic Field Paint, and Catch Basin Repair, as presented by Adriennne St. John, Town Engineer.

Approved a bid for three years for the maintenance of the municipal street lighting, as presented by Adrienne St. John, Town Engineer.

Reviewed a proposed Water/Sewer Rate Increase for FY2017 of 12.4%, as presented by Finance Director Victor Garafalo. The increase is due in some measure to decreased general water consumption, an increase in irrigation use, the increase in debt payments from major capital water/sewer projects, and MWRA notification of 6% in sewer assessment for FY17.

Reviewed the size of and location for a public access sign between the Town parking lot and the path to the First Church Congregational.

Appointed Jon O‘Connor as a member of the Patriotic Holiday Committee for a one-year term.

Appointed Diane Cameron as Republican Registrar for a three-year term.





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