If you haven’t already, be sure to save the date for Annual Town Meeting. That opens on Saturday, March 28th at 1:00 pm.
If the action isn’t done at 5:00 pm, the meeting will break for dinner and resume at 7:00 pm. Hopefully, it will be wrapped up by 11:00 pm. Otherwise, it will be adjourned to Monday, March 30th at 7:00 pm. Beyond that, it’s very unlikely to go to a third day. (Though, there is another Town Meeting planned for Fall to tackle some items being pushed off for now.)
The official Warrant has been posted and sent to print. That means, no new Articles can be added to this meeting.
It wouldn’t be unusual for one or two articles to be dropped or “indefinitely postponed” on the floor. It’s also possible for Town officials or voters to come prepared with handouts explaining an amendment they plan to propose. (In fact, at least one funding request will be amended at meeting.) And sometimes impromptu amendments spring out of debates from the floor.
Still, the Warrant is the official outline for what residents will be voting on. I’ve listed the Articles below.
I’m starting with the later Articles – representing new business this year. These are new requests to fund projects and/or proposed bylaw changes. (I’ll be writing more about many between now and the meeting. For those that I’ve already written about, I’ve included links.):
Article 19: Appropriation from CPA Funds – Kallander Field Construction (next step in phased project)
Article 20: Appropriation from CPA Funds – St. Mark’s Church Bell Tower Renovation (Note: Will be amended to increase request to $300,000. I will cover Article in a future post, but you can already read debate among blog commenters here)
Article 21: Adopt MGL to Increase Property Exemptions
Article 22: Amend Town Code – Increase Qualification Period for Appointments
Article 23: Adopt MGL to Reduce Speed Limit in Thickly Settled Areas (dedicated post)
Article 24: Adopt MGL to Designate Safety Zones (dedicated post)
Article 25: Adopt MGL to Implement Local Meals Tax (dedicated post)
Article 26: Amend Town Code – Southborough Public Accessibility Committee
Article 27: Adopt MGL for Saturday Office Hours
Article 28: Amend Town Code – Zoning – Miscellaneous Provisions (dedicated post)
Article 29: Amend Town Code – Zoning – Outdoor Illumination (dedicated posts)
Article 30: Amend Town Code – Zoning – Site Plan Review (dedicated post)
Article 31: Citizen Petition – Amend Town Code: Noise Bylaw (dedicated post)
Article 32: Citizen Petition – Amend Town Code: Reduce Plastic Waste
The first 18 Articles are mainly annual administrative items – plus the operating budgets and some capital expenses:
Article 1: To Hear Reports
Article 2: Acceptance of Monies from Contributors
Article 3: Borrowing Authorization
Article 4: Authorize Board of Selectmen and Supt: of Schools/Three Year Contracts
Article 5: Amend the Personnel Salary Administration Plan
Article 6: Amend Borrowing Authorization for Public Safety Building Project
Article 7: Fiscal Year 2021 Budget (dedicated posts)
Article 8: Fiscal Year 2021 Water Budget
Article 9: General Government Capital Items (Non-borrowing) (dedicated posts)
Article 10: General Government Capital Items (Borrowing) (dedicated posts)
Article 11: Payment to Retirees for Accrued Leave Time
Article 12: Insurance Deductible Account
Article 13: Facilities Maintenance Fund
Article 14: MSBA Project for Finn School Boiler
Article 15: Annual Authorization of Revolving Fund Amounts
Article 16: Appropriation from CPA Funds – Administrative
Article 17: Appropriation from CPA Funds – Debt Payment for Burnett House*
Article 18: Appropriation from CPA Funds – Debt Payment for Library Façade Project*
*Town Meeting previously approved borrowing for CPA projects covered under Articles 17 & 18. These articles are for required annual payments on the bonds.