Pembroke to vote on $1.2m road bond
PEMBROKE — While many towns made municipal and school district decisions for the upcoming year on Tuesday, Pembroke still has some choices to make.
Residents will meet at 10 a.m. today at Pembroke Academy to decide on a handful of money articles including a $1.2 million bond for road repairs and a $7,662,394 proposed operating budget.
Town Administrator David Jodoin compared the roadwork to a similar project that took place recently along Broadway and said selectmen are likely to follow suit and pursue a three-year bond, which would be paid from the town’s paving stipend to avoid a direct tax impact.
Because the state is planning to realign and widen the roadway at the bottom of Pembroke Hill, Jodoin said the bond is to help pay for additional roadwork needed on several adjoining roads including Rowe Avenue, Perley Avenue, Girard Avenue, Chappelle Street, Elm Street and Grandview Road. A two-thirds majority is necessary for the article — which is supported by selectmen and the budget committee — to pass.
In terms of the town’s operating budget, selectmen support an allocation of $7,662,394, which Jodoin said includes an additional $7,500 for the Pembroke Town Library, as opposed to the budget committee’s recommendation of $7,669,894.
“The budget is pretty straightforward, as are most of the warrant articles,” said Jodoin.
The clock tower on Main Street may receive a facelift if voters approve Article 13, which requests the use of 2013 fund balance to offset the $40,000 expense.
Residents will also be asked to approve a new three-year contract with the town’s public works department, and a $300,000 bond for the water line infrastructure improvements on Pembroke Hill and abutting streets, which will be paid by users, not through property tax.
The other articles — which include requests for two new police cruisers and a plow truck — are set to be financed with capital reserve funds.