Greetings from Colebrook Town Hall.
Tonight, the Board of Selectmen will present its fiscal year 2024/25 proposed budget to the Board of Finance. Key components of the Selectmen’s budget are funding for Town Hall, the Department of Public Works, Fire Department, Community & Senior Center, and curbside trash/recycling pickup.
We are currently projecting a year-over-year decrease of approximately 5 percent in the Selectmen’s budget, as we work closely with the Board of Finance and the Board of Education in our quest to achieve a level overall Town budget, and keep the Mill rate flat.
Approximately one-third of our total Town budget is our share of operating Northwestern Regional 7 Middle School/High School. Each of the towns in Region 7 pay their portion of the total budget based on the number of students they have enrolled. Our budget assessment is currently expected to be .5 percent less than last year. In the coming weeks, the Region 7 Board will host public meetings in each of the member towns, including Colebrook on Wednesday, March 20th, at Colebrook Town Hall. Colebrook representatives on the Region 7 board are Lisa Fragale and Terri Kenneson.
Last week, we opened bids for the Colebrook Consolidated School HVAC project. The School Building Committee met Tuesday night to review bids-and discuss how to prioritize the project to address our most pressing needs. More to come.
The Colebrook Associates will be opening a food pantry in the foyer of the Community & Senior Center on Monday, March 4th. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Fridays. This is intended exclusively for Colebrook residents and visitors to the Community & Senior Center. Donations can be left at the Pantry, or in the lobby of the Post Office. For after-hours Pantry needs, please call the Associates at 860.469.2208.
We are delighted that Tyler Rae is the newest member of our team at Town Hall. Tyler is a student at the Highlander Transition Academy at Region 7 and works after school as our custodian four afternoons a week.
As noted last week, registration for the Colebrook Recreational Baseball League closes March 8th. Details can be found here<drive.google.com/file/d/1oXh7izxDMumYJsqyddFTMoff-HeKWi8D/view
Upcoming Town events:
The Colebrook Community & Senior Center is hosting a Leap Year Community Bingo tonight (Thursday, February 29th) from 6-9 p.m.
This Saturday, March 2nd, the Colebrook Associates will host its first Winter Warmer in the Town Hall meeting room from 2-4 p.m. All are welcome and there is no cost to attend.
On Sunday, March 17th at 4:30 p.m. at Town Hall, the Colebrook Land Conservancy will host a presentation on creating backyard pollinator habitats. Learn more at colebrooklandconservancy.org<colebrooklandconservancy.org/
Upcoming municipal board meetings:
Board of Education – Wednesday, March 6th at Colebrook School at 7 p.m.
Board of Finance – Thursday, March 7th at Town Hall at 6 p.m.
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