AYER -- Town Moderator Tom Horgan suggested hosting the fall Town Meeting on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall at Town Hall.
Having counted all parking spaces available in town, Horgan found 215 open spots along with 10 other handicapped spots. Pauline Conley, chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen, added that there is a capacity limit of 300 in the Great Hall and that the only issue may be acoustics.
"If you speak from the stage you get a different acoustic and you don't have a problem," said board member James Fay.
"We will deal with it," Conley said.
Horgan also added how the Great Hall used to be used for Town Meetings up until the 1970s, when they then moved to various schools.
The committee agreed that holding the meeting in the Great Hall would be best for this fall.
Town Clerk John Canney spoke about the special election coming up. He added there are funds left in his budget for the election, and further assistance from the town is not needed.
Acceptance and approval from the board followed Canney's news, and the special election is Nov. 5.
Finance Manager Lisa Gabree and CPA James Giusti suggested a change to the tax collector's deposit of tax receipts in the bank account. Gabree and Giusti suggested that since the current account is disorganized, to open up a new account in the treasurer's name.
This would give the treasurer immediate access to the account while the old account would eventually run out, at which time the account would close, leaving any new activity to run through the treasurer.
Treasurer Stephanie Gintner was not in agreement, stating she felt the account runs fine the way it is, and the change of name is not needed. Giusti added that the handling of the money and the process will be exactly the same, and the only thing that will change is the name on the account, allowing Gintner access to it and making the account now part of the treasurer's cash.
Gintner continued to disagree with the motion to open a new account.
The board approved the motion to make a new deposit of tax receipts account with Gintner's name on it by Sept. 25.
"DPW Superintendent Mark Wetzel went before the board over a water and sewer bill dispute at 32 East Main St. The owner of the property reportedly had a jump of $1,000 in his water bill during a six-month period that happened in 2012 between June and December.
Wetzel said a steady $280 to $380 bill would be more expected, and Mr. Belanger, owner of the property, agreed, saying that normally his bills are around that ballpark, but this bill was, for no reason, tripled by December to $1,500."
Belanger expressed how he has done renovations to the entire property, around $15,000 for each unit, and that all of the piping and water systems were renewed a year and a half before the high bill.
The board suggested the water meter be tested by Wetzel at the DPW to see if the meter is the issue, which will cost Belanger $50 if there is nothing wrong with the meter.
Belanger expressed discomfort for having to pay any more to the DPW whether the meter was faulty.
The board ended the discussion with Wetzel and Belanger to make arrangements for the water meter to be tested at the DPW. Belanger will pay the $50 if his meter is not faulty.
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