The Annual Town Meeting is approaching. (Monday, April 13 may seem a ways away. But not if you’re one of the people working to get your article in front of the voters.)
Yesterday, I shared the Town Administrator’s recommended budget. What I didn’t mention is that his report also includes a preview of the articles up for vote this spring.
This isn’t the official warrant, so it’s just an overview of “notable” articles. In addition to the mandatory annual articles, the report listed twelve more to expect.
Four articles are being brought to voters via citizen’s petition:
- Clifford Street Drainage: This is a citizen’s petition that seeks funding authorization to improve the “country road” drainage challenges between 18 and 28 Clifford Street by installing a formal drainage system and to crown and re-pave that section of Clifford Street.
- Special Transfer Station Sticker: This is a citizen’s petition that requests the creation of a special sticker allowing admittance only to the swap shop, recycling bins, and the can & bottle bins at the transfer station for the cost of $25.00 per year.
- Automated and searchable correspondence between Boards and Committees. (Look for more on this and the discussion at this week’s Board of Selectman meeting in a future post.)
- Additional Alcohol License for Stony Brook Market
Articles sponsored by Town committees are:
- Pay and Class Study: Would ask for adjustments to any positions outside the final recommended ranges of recent salary review of Salary Administration Plan employees. (Read past coverage.)
- Restoration of four tennis courts. Funding would come from the Community Preservation Fund. Four courts would be repaired and restored with warranties. (One is behind Finn School and three are by Neary School.)
- An amendment to the Town Code would set guidelines for demolition delays. (See past coverage.)
- The Recreation Commission proposes to replace the lighting at the Mooney and Choate Fields. (See past coverage.)
- The Facilities Department is requesting an amount for its maintenance fund. This is the fund used to address planned maintenance projects for Town’s facilities.
- Articles for capital budget items. In addition to the capital budget, there are two articles for capital items that are not on a regular replacement schedule. Items listed below as A-H would be paid for by available funds. The replacement engine (item I) would be paid for by bonding through the Ambulance Fund.
- A request to transfer to Stabilization Fund. This is a backup measure if the capital budget article isn’t approved.
- Transferring an amount from the current year Benefits budget to an article for Health Reimbursement Account funding.
Not listed in the report, but approved by Selectmen on February 24th, is an article for voters to request state legislators approve a long-term lease for 9-11 field. (See past coverage.)
To see the full report, click here. In the report, TA Mark Purple encourages residents to reach out to him with any questions:
Please feel free to contact my office with any questions you might have, as it is in everyone’s best interest that residents feel fully informed before we get to Town Meeting on April 13, 2015. I can be reached at 508-485-0710, x3002, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.