Tremont selectmen reject recreation board budget increase

TREMONT – Selectmen on Tuesday turned down a request from the chairman of the recreation board for a $1,300 increase in the board’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

In making a case for the increase, Amy Murphy said the extra money might be needed for the construction and maintenance of an outdoor ice skating rink. The board is in the process of purchasing the materials for the rink, which is expected to be erected next winter.

Murphy said she anticipates costs involved in site preparation and the need for a snow blower to clear the ice.

After selectmen pointed out that a snow blower is included in the public works budget and one of the potential sites for the rink could become a parking lot in the summer, thereby shifting the costs of the site work to another line of the budget, interim Town Manager Dana Reed proposed a solution.

If the recreation board were to need extra money, the funds could come from a contingency account, he said. Therefore, there is no need increase the board’s budget just in case more money is needed.

Selectmen agreed, voting 4-0 to include a $4,700 recreation board budget in the warrant for the May town meeting.

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