Hancock briefs

May 11, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

Budget presented

HANCOCK - Town officials presented a nearly $2 million operating budget Wednesday at a public hearing before the monthly town council meeting.

The proposed $1.9 million budget includes a $114,777 surplus, or "contingency fund," money that went unspent in last year's $1.45 million budget.

Town Manager David Smith, who prepared the budget, said the contingency fund likely would be spent on hiring an additional police officer or would go toward electricity bills, which are expected to increase by 46 percent.

The town will hold another public hearing on the budget before next month's council meeting, Smith said. The council will vote on the budget in June.


Faulty sewer line to be addressed

HANCOCK - A faulty sewer line that residents claim has spilled raw sewage for 28 years will be addressed today, town Manager David Smith said.

Last month, Hancock resident and business owner Jim True complained that a faulty sewer line frequently flooded four of his properties along Blue Hill Road, near Hancock Elementary School.

True told council members in April that he had to clean up a February leak by himself because town officials failed to do so. Smith, who assessed the February leak, said the town did not clean up the leak because officials could not find any solid matter.

At the town's council meeting Wednesday, Smith encouraged residents to report any other incidents.

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