MARLBOROUGH – The City Council formally approved several measures during its meeting on March 13.
More than $1.6 million in midyear budget transfers were approved. Requests included $117,400.00 for four police officer retirements; $41,700 for one firefighter retirement; $235,000 for anticipated contractual negotiations; $730,500 to cover various Department of Public Works expenses, including pump repairs, building maintenance and repair and an increase in costs for chemicals for water treatment; and $156,803 to offset Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School’s amended assessment.
The senior citizen tax work-off program’s limit has been increased from $1,000 to $1,500.
Under the program, residents who are 60 and older and have resided in the city for at least five years and are eligible under income guidelines may work for the city in exchange for a one-time abatement of their property taxes.
The council also approved a time extension on the site plan review for 57 Main Street to April 27. This proposal before the city would have the former Rowe Funeral Home torn down and replaced with a mixed-used development. The city and developer are trying to come up with a plan to better accommodate the project’s residents and commercial tenants.
Council members approved a flat wall sign at Harry’s Construction, 561 Boston Post Road East, and it will plan a public hearing on April 10 for a request from Exela Storage, 846 Boston Post Road East, to add storage units to a nonconforming storage facility.
Marlborough officials request midyear budget transfers