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  • After signing a lease with Old Sturbridge Village, the Town Hall offices were temporarily moved to the OSV Motor Lodge. We thank all our staff for their hard work during the relocation and their adaptability to their new offices.

  • An Economic Recovery Zone was established for the former Basketville property, and a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) plan was authorized to provide an incentive for development there.

  • The Board awarded the bid for the Stallion Hill Water Tank Rehabilitation to Kinsmen Corporation.

  • A Lakes Advisory Committee was established.

  • The Board authorized a Recreational Trail Master Plan Committee to develop a comprehensive plan for trails on all open space parcels within the Town.

  • The landfill capping project was awarded to Ciesla Construction.

  • The Town received a MORE grant from the state to extend water to Technology Park. The construction project was awarded to Ludlow Construction.

  • The contract for the Main Street Water Main Improvements Project was signed with Bruschi Brothers Inc. To the relief of many the project was completed in November.

  • The Board established an Energy Advisory Committee to proactively work to identify strategies and potential funding opportunities in order to seek renewable energy opportunities.

  • A one year contract was signed with Hampshire Power for their Real Time electric rate program in hopes of saving money on our electric expenses.

  • The Board approved a single tax rate for all property classes.

  • At the Special Meeting in October voters approved an increase of 0.75% on the meals tax. It is estimated this may result in about $200,000 additional revenue for the Town. Voters also approved an increase from 4% to 6% in the local excise tax on the rental of rooms in hotels, motels, lodging houses, and B&Bs. The estimated extra revenues may be as much as $254,000 with 67% of this going to the General Fund, 16.5% to Betterment and 16.5% to support the efforts of the Sturbridge Tourist Association.

  • The contract for two new fire trucks, a 1,500 gallon per minute pumper with a 1,000 gallon storage tank, and a 2,000 gallon tanker was awarded to Greenwood Emergency Vehicles.

  • The contract for a New Water Supply Source – Well #4 – was given to Waterline Industries Corp.

  • The Board accepted a proposal from Veolia Water to assist in the evaluation and implementation of additional treatment of Well #1 due to its recent classification as being under threat of contamination from surface water.

The members of the Board of Selectmen would like to express our appreciation to all those who serve Sturbridge through employment, elected office or appointment to Boards and Committees, and especially to the citizens of Sturbridge for their continued support.


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