Few articles may make for a quick meeting

LYNDEBOROUGH – Saturday’s traditional Town Meeting should be fairly short since there are few articles and none of them particularly controversial.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. at Citizens’ Hall.

The proposed operating budget of $1,483,497 is an increase of $53,957 over last year’s proposed budget. The total spending, minus revenues, is $1,119,095, an increase of 4.4 percent.

Other articles on the warrant are:

Road improvements on the Lyndeborough section of the Francestown (Second N.H.) Turnpike at a cost of $110,000.

Purchasing a new ambulance for the Wilton-Lyndeborough-Temple Ambulance Service. Lyndeborough’s share of $40,000 would be withdrawn from a capital reserve account.

A new cruiser, which will be purchased using $29,000 in a capital reserve fund.

A new one-ton truck, which will cost $10,000 more than the $45,000 currently in that reserve account.

Selectmen also wish to discontinue a capital reserve fund set up for the purchase of a backhoe and establish a new fund for the purchase of a backhoe/loader with $15,000.

Voters will be asked to authorize the Conservation Commission to purchase property interests, or help with transactions, where a third party will hold the easement and the town will hold no interest.

They also will be asked to transfer the accrued interest on the Library Expansion Capital Reserve ($28,015) to the library trustees.