Belmont accepts LCHIP grant for bandstand work

BELMONT — Selectmen have voted to accept a $15,000 state grant which will be used to help defray the costs of the restoration of the town's century-old bandstand.
The vote to accept the grant from the Land and Community Heritage Investment Project — or LCHIP — came following a brief public hearing during Monday evening's meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
The LCHIP grand will help with costs associated with the second phase of the bandstand restoration, which involves painting, electrical work and roof replacement of the historic structure in the village.
Monday's selectmen's meeting was the last a before the deliberative session on the town warrant which is scheduled for this Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Belmont High School café.
The proposed total town budget for 2014 is $10,115,516, according to Town Administrator K. Jeanne Beaudin. While the proposed budget is about 7 percent higher than last year's municipal budget of $9,452,064, the amount to be raised by property taxes is 4 percent higher, Beaudin noted.
There are 38 articles on the warrant.
Voters will be able to discuss and amend the articles during Saturday's deliberative session. The vote on whether to approve the articles will occur on Town Election Day, Tuesday, March 11.