PEPPERELL -- The Finance Committee Wednesday night approved a $2,150.50 transfer request to the Communications Department for the repair of the town's alarm-monitoring panel.
The Communications Department had $267.50 in its budget at the time of the repairs after spending the remainder of its $2,000 budget on repairs to radio equipment this summer.
Committee Chairwoman Melissa Tzanoudakis said the board could choose to subtract the $267.50 from the bill and transfer only the remaining amount, but the board voted to transfer the entire amount of the bill.
"I don't know if that's going to make or break them, or if they might have other small repairs that they'll need to make," Tzanoudakis said.
FinCom member Holly Seiferth said the incident was a one-time repair necessary to ensure that the communications department could function properly in the case of an emergency.
"It wasn't an upgrade, it was just an unexpected need to repair. You don't want the alarm not working," Seiferth said. "It's not like we're going to be factoring this into future budgets, it's just a one-off deal."
Tzanoudakis said she is trying to recruit volunteers to fill two vacancies on the committee.
At most of the committee's meetings not all five members are able to attend, she noted. As the budget season approaches, it will be more difficult to make progress if the committee does not have a quorum at every meeting.
"As we get into the budget cycle in January, we're going to need a consistent core," Tzanoudakis said.
Town's share of high school costs
Tzanoudakis hopes to get an estimate of what Pepperell's contribution to the North Middlesex Regional High School construction project will be as the building committee gets further into the design and budgeting process.
"It would definitely be really helpful to have a general idea of what we're looking at," she said.
The Finance Committee will hold its next meeting Nov. 21 at 7:15 p.m.
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