Articles would speed up payments

Because of a sluggish economy, plans to expand a shopping center on Route 62 have lagged, stalling promised payments to the town from developer Highland Commons. Voters at Town Meeting on Wednesday will weigh articles designed to speed up the proposed reimbursements, which include $565,000 annually in public safety mitigation payments, $25,000 for traffic mitigation, and $700,000 for conservation, said Peggy Sardell, the Board of Selectmen’s secretary. Town Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in Berlin Memorial School.