PEPPERELL -- The town of Pepperell will be using budget surpluses in some departments to cover deficits in others, Town Administrator John Moak said at the Board of Selectmen meeting Monday night.
"In the last two months or first 15 days of a fiscal year, we can use interdepartmental moves to transfer money to underfunded departments," Moak said.
An audit costing $4,200 will be paid for using funds from the IT and Treasurer Collector's salary line items.
Higher than expected street-lighting costs, which went $3,900 over budget, will be paid for by surpluses in the Town Hall Heating and Town Insurance budgets.
"The costs of the streetlights have been up and down," Moak said.
He said he is looking into why so the town can prevent budget shortfalls in the future.
Moak said the transfer of funds from one department to another at the end of a fiscal year is preferable to covering the deficits with funds from the Finance Committee's reserve account, which only has $19,000.
He asked that the selectmen acknowledge the transfers, but said a vote wasn't necessary.
Selectmen also approved their annual reappointments, with no objections, and unanimously approved two joint appointments.
Anne Sauer, who has worked as an archivist and librarian, was appointed to the Lawrence Library Board of Trustees.
Dennis Kane was appointed as Associate Member to the Planning Board. Kane served as a full-time member of the Planning Board for the past five years.
Selectmen also voted to approve the emergency appointment of two election workers for Tuesday's special election.
The Deputy Wardens of Precincts 1 and 2 were out of town due to private family matters and were unable to work at the election. Former Deputy Warden David Theall was appointed to take over the position in District 2. Kirsty Benson, who also volunteered at the primary election in April, was appointed as an election worker for Precinct 1 to assist as other election workers take over the duties of Deputy Warden.
Both appointments will expire Aug. 31 with all other election worker appointments.
Selectmen also voted 3-0 to close town offices on July 5, despite some misgivings from Selectman Michael Green.
"We're supposed to be here for the people," Green said.
He voted in favor of the closing because staffing levels would be very low that day. However, he said in future cases, he thinks town offices should be kept open, if possible.
"We need to come up with a plan for how to staff and take care of people as best we can," Green said.
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