Friday, April 7, 2000
Warrant finalized with 29 articles; four overrides on the ballot
Working up to the last minute again this year, the selectmen last week signed the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting to be held on May 2. Townspeople will see 29 articles. Aside from routine articles relating to reports, salaries of elected officials, and other administrative matters, some of the major decisions to be made include the following:
· Approval of the FY01 operating budget, including a recommended override of $222,487;
· Approval of capital items in the approximate amount of $135,000;
· Approval of a debt exclusion in the amount $100,000 for a roll-off truck for the department of public works;
· Request for an appropriation of approximately $32,000 for funding wage classification adjustments for town employees, based on recommendations from the wage study currently being conducted;
· Request for an appropriation of approximately $9,000 for the purchase of computer hardware and software for the Town Hall;
· Request for an appropriation of $20,000 for the water study on the O'Rourke Farm;
· Request for an appropriation of $15,000 for a feasibility study relating to the location and siting of a new school;
· Request for additional funds in the approximate amount of $15,000 to cover electrical design changes for the Robbins Building rooftop heating and ventilation units approved last year;
· Approval of the updated Open Space and Recreation Plan, which must be revised every five years to maintain eligibility for certain state grants;
· Three articles relating to the housing authority's plans to construct affordable housing on the Conant Land, including a request for $20,000 to cover grant application expenses and design and engineering fees;
· An article relating to the planning board's recommended change to the Senior Residential Open Space Community bylaw which would increase the maximum floor area (currently 1,400 square feet per unit), reduce the minimum age for a resident from 62 to 55, generally prohibit residency by anyone under the age of 18 and other related changes;
· An article relating to the planning board's recommended change to the site plan review provisions of the bylaw to govern non-residential use in all districts;
· An article proposing lengthy, but technical, changes to the cell tower bylaw; and
· Three articles relating to the sale of the town's lot in the proposed Carriage Way subdivision and the use of sale proceeds.
Four ballot questions
The four ballot questions include tax overrides for the operating budget, the O'Rourke Farm water study and the housing authority expenses, plus a debt exclusion for the roll-off truck, all detailed above.
The Warrant book was delivered to the printer this week and, if all goes as planned, residents should receive it in the mail next week.
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