Corbin H. Crable

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Gardner Mayor Dave Drovetta hosted a second town hall meeting on the city’s budget Saturday morning at City Hall.

Drovetta took questions from local residents and discussed the role of the intermodal facility in residential and commercial growth. He also addressed the reduction in force implemented by the city early last month. That decision resulted in the elimination of six positions within Gardner’s Community Development department.

“This is a stop-gap measure to stop the bleeding,” Drovetta said. “We’re holding our own. What (the RIF) does is, it keeps us treading water. We continue to look for more savings in the 2011 budget.”

The Gardner City Council will begin discussion on the city’s 2011 budget at a June 28 work session.

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