Annex request presented for retirement community

March 09, 1994|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer

The Manchester Town Council introduced a request by Robert Scott of Hampstead to annex less than 5 acres of his land off Bachman Road.

Mayor Earl A. J. "Tim" Warehime Jr. said Dr. Scott, a dentist, plans to combine the land with adjacent property he already owns in the town limits to create a "retirement-type" community.

"It would be similar, I guess, to Carroll Lutheran Village, but much smaller," Mr. Warehime said at last night's council meeting.

Town Manager Terry L. Short said the community would have no more than 85 units, according to Dr. Scott's request for %o annexation. The total amount of property Dr. Scott plans to develop is about 8 acres, Mr. Short said.

No vote will be taken on the annexation until May 10, after it is advertised and given a public hearing.

After the council meeting, the members met for an informal public budget workshop to discuss the proposal for the 1994-1995 fiscal year that starts July 1.

/# Mr. Short has proposed a budget

with an estimated general fund of $722,378, a 6.36 percent increase over the current year.

The budget would allow the town to hire a third police officer and purchase another cruiser, make the roads and parks employee full time, and buy a new town pickup truck.

At least three council members and the town's police chief have asked for the third officer, Mr. Short said.

The proposed tax rate is 41 cents per $100 of assessed value, unchanged from the current year.

Mr. Short is proposing a way for the town to provide a modest increase in salary to its 17 employees with no net cost to the town.

He is recommending the town revise the way it provides health insurance and no longer offer a cash supplement of up to $5,500 a year to employees who get health insurance elsewhere, such as through a spouse's employer.

"There are a couple of employees who won't be very happy," Mr. Short said. "But this was meant to be a fringe benefit, not an income supplement."

But the change would free some money for a salary increase, he said.

If the change encourages employees to obtain insurance through the town, he said, the town and employees may get a better rate because of an increase in the pool.

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