The meeting was adjourned an hour early tonight, due to technical issues. But not before Town Meeting voters overwhelmingly supported articles to preserve the historic Burnett-Garfield Estate. The Town will buy a Preservation Restriction for $970,000.
The restriction requires the property owner to make some exterior restorations on historic buildings. He is also required to preserve those exteriors, and the landscape, in perpetuity.
The presentation and discussion on Article 13 took up a significant part of the evening. But the mood in the room was clear early on when teen preservationists got an enthusiastic (partially standing) ovation.
Still up for vote are Articles 20-39 (Main Street easements through Medical Marijuana zoning bylaw changes.) Voters will reconvene at Trottier Middle School at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 12.
The sound system cut out as soon as Community Preservation Chair Freddie Gillespie tried to begin her portion of the explanation for Burnett House Article 13 .
Gillespie cracked that she was “a showstopper”. But it was the failing sound system that actually put a stop to the show.
Sound was temporarily restored. But it continued to cut out at points throughout, forcing Gillespie and others to “speak loudly”. (With motions to make on six articles, it’s fortunate Gillespie had a strong voice!)
Close to 10:00 pm, Moderator David Coombs called for a five minute recess. Shortly after, he called it a night. Coombs said working mics were required for keeping an accurate record.
Prior to the adjournment, voters approved Articles 1-19, with just a couple of amendents. I’ll share more details tomorrow. (I have to get some sleep!)