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East Granby's Town Newsletter

  This is our annual financial issue, with information about the budget proposed for the Town by the boards of Finance, Education and Selectmen for the fiscal year starting July 1. As we have in past years, we've included a pullout sheet on the budget with an outline of major revenues and expenditures, and the activities the boards of Selectmen and Education plan for the coming year.  Please take the time to read through this material and plan to attend the public hearing on the budget on Wednesday, April 12@ at 7:30 PM at the High School Auditorium.  The hearing is your opportunity to learn more about the budget proposal and to ask questions and voice your concerns or support.  There will not be a vote at the hearing - the budget will be presented for a vote at a Town Meeting held specifically for that purpose on May 2.

Project Updates

In putting together this year's budget proposal, the boards of Selectmen, Education and Finance have all been sensitive to the major projects we have on the drawing board.  The High School renovations, new library, development at East Granby Fans, and Greenway construction will all require funding starting within the next year and the budget is designed to accommodate some funding for each project.

The Selectmen, the High School Building Committee and the Board of Education have met several times to review the scope of the proposed renovations.  As a part of this process, the Selectmen contracted with a professional @ator to get an update on the potential costs of the project.  The estimator's results are very close to the original figures provided by the architect, meaning that the full project as defined by the Building Committee would cost between $10.5 and $11 million.  The Selectmen are now looking at the various cost alternatives, which vary dependent on what's included in the project, with an eye toward making a recommendation to the Board of Finance.  The Board of Finance will consider the Selectmen's recommendation, specifically reviewing how it relates to the town's financial capabilities.  Dependent on what they perceive to be affordable and cost-effective, the Board may ask for changes in the project.  When this process is concluded, the Board will recommend a project for town vote.

In late March, the Board of Finance approved the Selectmen's recommendation for town meeting action on allocating up to $950,000 toward construction of a new library.  The new building would be built on land in die Town Center complex, to the south of the Community Center and overlooking the pond.  The estimated total cost of the project will be in excess of $2.6 million; the Library A@iation has raised the remainder necessary through private contributions and a state grant.  I expect there will be a Town Meeting in late May to vote on this proposal.

Based on the town's five-year financial plan, development of East Granby Farms and construction of the Greenway would be funded from the Capital Fund.  The plan anticipates an annual allocation of $75,000, subject to town approval each year, for recreation development and stages funding for sections of the Greenway through its five year duration.

 In Other News...

 It's been a busy month in the Town Clerk's office!

CONGRATULATIONS are due Town Clerk Elisabeth Birmingham!  Beth, who's served East Granby since 1987, was recently awarded the prestigious designation of "Certified Municipal Clerk" by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.  This is a real honor, reflecting her expertise, diligence and dedication to public service in our community.

On a less cheery note, Assistant Town Clerk Laura LaFond is leaving Town Hall to take a new job with an area insurance company.  Laura worked in the Town Clerk's office for six @, bringing a strong knowledge of the office and a helpful, can-do attitude to customer service.  This is a good move for Laura, but we will all miss her brightness and good humor.

I hope you'll join me in congratulating Beth on her achievement and wishing Laura all the best in her new role.

 

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