Southborough posted the official Town Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting. To go with it, they also posted the Annual Town Report.
As usual, the warrant is a looong read. So, I’ve summarized the articles below to help. Bypassing the usual administrative business and budgets*, I’m focusing on what I consider “new business” voters will need to decide.
One that hasn’t gotten attention on the blog yet – but is bound to – would limit placement and timing for political signs. (Article 24)
For the full list and details on any given article, see the Warrant here.
“New business” through articles proposed by Town boards/committees:
5-6: Salary Reclassification – This year, you can expect the Personnel Board to make a presentation in support of major changes to the new salary classification and pay grades they recommend adopting and funding.
Proposed by Personnel Board; BOS and Advisory to provide recommendations at Town Meeting
19: Tennis Court Restoration – Authorize using $62,000 from Community Preservation Act funds to restore town tennis courts located near Finn and Neary schools.
Proposed by Community Preservation Committee; Supported by BOS and Advisory
23: Code on boards, committees, and commissions – Amend town code to regulate member requirements. Would restrict voting membership to residents.
Proposed by Town Clerk; Supported by BOS; Advisory to provide recommendation at Town Meeting
24: Political Sign regulation – Limits temporary political signs to 2 signs per property, no earlier than 45 day prior to election, and removal within 72 hours of election. Also limits size and prohibits placement on town property and telephone poles.
Proposed by Town Clerk; Opposed by BOS; Advisory to provide recommendation at Town Meeting
25: 9-11 Field home rule petition – To ask the state for a long-term lease on 9-11 field (necessary to finance returfing with repayment through user fees)
Proposed by BOS and supported by Advisory
26: Solar Bylaw – Provides a permitting process and standards for commercial solar energy systems 250 kW or greater.
Proposed by Planning Board; Supported by BOS; Advisory to provide recommendation at Town Meeting
27-28: Street Acceptances – Metcalf Lane (27) and Thayer Lane (28)
Both proposed by BOS; Advisory to provide recommendations at Town Meeting
29: Demolition Delay Bylaw – To allow an up to 9 month delay for demolition of historic structures built before 1925
Proposed by Historical Commission; BOS and Advisory to provide recommendations at Town Meeting
30: Choate Field lights – To raise/borrow/appropriate funds to replace lights at the town’s recreational area in front of Woodward School.
Proposed by Recreation Commission; BOS and Advisory to provide recommendations at Town Meeting
The following articles are by Citizen’s Petition:
31: Clifford Street drainage – To raise/borrow/appropriate funds to fix drainage problems between 28 and 18 Clifford Street.
Petition led by Marnie L. Hoolahan; BOS and Advisory to provide recommendations at Town Meeting
32: Recycling sticker – Asks for a special 25 per year sticker Transfer Station for access only to recycling & swap shop.
[Note: Town Administrator Mark Purple told BOS that town counsel said the vote can only act as advisory to BOS.]
Petition led by Jack Barron; Opposed by Advisory Committee; BOS to provider recommendation at Town Meeting
33: Stony Brook Market Alcohol license – Asks the State House to provide the town with another alcohol license.
Petition led by Konstantinos E. & Christo A. Baltas; Supported by BOS and Advisory
34: Posting of board and committee communications – To require all public boards and committees to share online all materials and communications that fall under Open Meeting Laws within 7 days.
Petition led John B. Butler, Jr.; Opposed by BOS; Advisory to provide recommendation at Town Meeting
*Note: Annual business that I skipped are articles that represent the basic business of running a town.
These include annual administrative measures (e.g., Accept PILOT payments, allow short-term borrowing, allow the town to enter multi-year contracts, allow hiring of consultants, authorize/reauthorize account funds and transfers, authorize required payments and clean-up of unused funds.)
They also include the town budgets (article 9) and capital expenses (10-11).