Select Board roundup: Town manager optimistic about FY22 budget

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At Tuesday’s Select Board meeting, Town Manager Norman Khumalo said Annual Town Meeting remains on track for May 3, and the work on the budget continues.

“I’m really happy to report this evening that the town is making good progress in developing the Fiscal Year 2022 budget,” he announced, adding that departments and committees are meeting periodically to review projected revenue figures and summaries.

He said the Community Preservation Committee has proposed seven projects for funding with several others under consideration.

Khumalo said he will provide a consolidated budget recommendation at the Jan. 26 meeting.

“I’m very confident that we have the right team, the right information and the necessary level of collaboration to develop a one-town solution to the FY2022 budget challenge in spite of the COVID-19 constraints,” he said.

Board member Brian Herr said he was more concerned about the 2023 and ’24 budgets, as he feels the primary impact won’t be felt until then.

Main Street project meeting Thursday

In other Select Board news, Khumalo said there is a pre-construction meeting this Thursday at 8 a.m. for the Main Street Corridor Project.

He added that he has been continuing conversations with the Chamber of Commerce to find ways to improve communication between business and residents so that everyone will be aware of what is happening during construction. …

Stacy Spies was appointed to a full member position on the Historical Commission (term expiring June 30, 2022), and Kevin McCaffrey was appointed to an associate member position to the same commission (term expiring June 30, 2023). …

The board voted to accept $220 in gifts to the Fire Department from residents of Legacy Farms, and a $100 gift to the Police Department from residents of Juniper Trail. …

The board voted to adopt an order of taking for Legacy Farms Road North, which was accepted as a public way at the Sept. 12 Annual Town Meeting.

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