NORTH--Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

December 23, 1992

$40,000 surplus lets Hampstead buy dump truck

While other municipalities are grappling with budget shortfalls, Hampstead's Town Council decided how to spend a $40,000 surplus from the fiscal 1992 budget at Monday's session.

Members approved the purchase of a 1 1/2 -ton dump truck for snow plowing and general maintenance.

"The specs are ready to go out today," said Town Manager John Reilly, who said that the truck would cost about $22,000.

The remaining money will pay for legal fees involved in updating the town code and the preservation of its railroad station.

"We are in the process of bringing our laws into compliance with FTC the state code," said Mr. Reilly. "It involves a lot of research for the town attorney."

The council also voted to make a concerted effort to preserve the Gill Avenue railroad station, now owned by CSX Railroad.

"Every day that goes by, the station falls into worse disrepair," said Mr. Reilly. "If we don't do something soon, we may not be able to save it."

FIRES

* Hampstead: Firefighters from Hampstead responded for a clean-up detail at 2:40 p.m. Monday.

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