Monroe held its town meeting on June 6th, 2016. The most significant business conducted was passing an Intent to Build article which requires town residents to notify the town if they intend to make permanent changes to their property in excess of $2000. There is no fee associated with the notification, but property owners found to have made significant changes without notifying the town may be issued a fine.
The Selectmen also asked attendees to give them feedback about an idea that wasn’t able to make it onto the warrant for Town Meeting but that they thought would benefit from some discussion: should the town spend surplus funds to purchase an LED Electronic signboard to replace the manual signboard in front of the Town House?
The major discussion at Town Meeting dealt with an effort to take advantage of the recent low cost of asphalt (tied to historically low oil prices) and low interest rates by borrowing to accomplish about four years worth of road repair in one year. The expectation is that the savings in material costs would off-set at least the interest costs on the loans, and the town would “lock-in” their roads costs over the next few years.