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Aug. 1 deadline set for debris.

Byline: Craig S. Semon

STURBRIDGE - This week, the Board of Selectmen approved Aug. 1 as the deadline for curbside collection of debris from the June 1 tornado.

Town Administrator Shaun A. Suhoski said the town's out-of-pocket costs assessed against the deficit spending authorization are about $135,000. After applying the $55,000 reserve fund allocation, the town is now looking at $80,000 in deficit spending, plus any remaining roadside debris collected, he said. Longer-term debris removal bids are scheduled to be received on Aug. 3.

In other business, the Board of Selectmen awarded the contract for water treatment facility upgrades - Well No. 1 (iron removal plant) to R. H. White Construction Co. Inc. of Auburn for $1,265,474, as recommended by Wright-Pierce engineers, and accepted the total project budget as presented by Veolia Water NA.

According to Mr. Suhoski, the town has retained the team of Wright-Pierce and Veolia for engineering and project management. The project cost is estimated to be $1,613,462 (including a 10 percent construction contingency), which is within the $1,620,500 approved at annual town meeting.

Selectmen dissolved the Master Plan Steering Committee and extended its "deep appreciation" to the members for their service updating the Master Plan, which was adopted on June 14.

The Master Plan Steering Committee members were: Chairwoman Sandra Gibson-Quigley, Patrick Babcock, Charles Blanchard, Alan Curboy, Steven Dalberth, Penny Dumas, Heather Hart, Heather Hendrick, Matt Rousseau, Chris Rovezzi, Bruce Smith, Maryann Thorpe and Arnold Wilson.

A Master Plan Implementation Committee, a five-member advisory committee to the Planning Board, will be formed. This committee will consist of two Planning Board members and three members who served on the Master Plan Steering Committee.

The Planning Board will review applicants and provide recommendations to the town administrator, who will appoint committee members subject to confirmation by the Board of Selectmen.

The Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association has given Sturbridge a check for $8,340. The check represents a reduction of the town's property and casualty insurance premium due to participation by town staff in various MIIA programs and training, Mr. Suhoski said.

In addition, the town has received participation credits and a pre-payment discount of 5 percent of the total insurance premium, which has resulted in total savings exceeding $48,000 and a net blanket insurance premium of $201,000. The FY12 appropriation was level-funded at $275,000.

Although this account must also cover out-of-pocket and deductible expenses for the year, Mr. Suhoski said he would anticipate that the account will run $50,000 to $55,000 under the appropriation and could perhaps be adjusted at a special town meeting to help pay for tornado-related deficit spending.
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