NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – A building maintenance account supported with payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT) from alternative energy agreements was approved by voters Tuesday at the fall annual town meeting.
Though there are no alternative energy projects in place at the moment, several solar energy proposals are under review by Town Manager Theodore Kozak and members of the Solar Energy Committee.
The most promising of the proposals would result in a PILOT of $39,000 per year for 20 years, Kozak has said, and he expects a solar energy agreement within the next few months.
“We’re very proud of this article,’’ said Finance Committee Chairman Salvatore D’Amato, noting the town has been unable to set aside money for building maintenance for several years. “Our hope is we’ll be able to transfer money going forward on an annual basis.’’
D’Amato said all town buildings will be surveyed and a list developed detailing maintenance and capital needs for each. “We’ll develop a process and have one person in charge,’’ he said.
A lack of building maintenance has been a topic of discussion over the last year as officials discussed the need for a new department of public works and fire department.
The vote to establish the fund, which requires special legislation from the General Court, received unanimous support of voters.