Hanson: Town meeting approves transfer station fund, budget and more

Hanson voters gathered at the Middle School Monday night for Special and Annual Town Meetings.

Two of the articles on the Annual Town Meeting warrant approved the town to create an enterprise fund for the Transfer Station and raise and appropriate the necessary funds.

Town Administrator Ronald San Angelo said that when residents purchase bags for the Pay As You Throw Program they will be charged two dollars for each.

“That money will all go into the enterprise fund and can specifically and only be used for the costs associated with the Transfer Station,” San Angelo said.

The Board of Selectmen entered into a contract with Waste Zero back in February of this year. As part of the contract, Waste Zero has guaranteed $200,000 in revenue to the town for the first year.

The estimated total to operate the Transfer Station for fiscal 2015 is $354,000, of which $92,000 of salaries and $62,000 of expenses will come from general taxation.

San Angelo said the Program is effective as of July 1 of this year.

The Board of Health voted 2-1 to support the Waste Zero contract.

The Finance Committee voted 6-1 not to recommend these two articles, saying it is “premature” to set up such a fund at this time.

San Angelo ensured concerned voters that any money taken out of this enterprise fund must receive Town Meeting approval.

Other articles approved at Town Meeting include the $22 million fiscal 2015 budget, the $1.1 million cleaning and rehabilitation of the water tank on High Street, and an amended Medical Marijuana Bylaw.

About Samantha Tracey

Samantha Tracey graduated from Salem State University in 2013 with a degree in Journalism. She has been reporting on local issues in a variety of towns: Bridgewater, Abington, Carver, Weymouth, East Bridgewater, Hanson, Halifax, etc. She says growing up on the South Shore has made it interesting now to be covering news in such familiar places.