Special Town Meeting Overview

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Special Town Meeting voters passed all 12 articles on Oct. 15, including a controversial request for funds to purchase 63 Main St. The residential property was badly damaged in a 2016 fire and has remained vacant ever since. Property owner Liz Adams accepted the town’s offer of $600K earlier this month. Still to be decided is how the town will utilize the property.

Article 2, which asked voters to approve an expenditure of $80K to supplement the town’s recycling budget, and another $200K to fund the Town and School Safety Task Force Consultant fees, was amended slightly. The original article read as follows:

“That the Town appropriate from Free Cash the sum of $200,000 in order to supplement the following Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budgets to fund the Town and School Safety Task Force Consultant requests for proposals.”

The amended article reads as follows:

“That the Town appropriate from Free Cash the sum of $200,000 in order to supplement the following Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budgets to fund HIRING CONSULTANTS PURSUANT TO the Town and School Safety Task Force Consultant requests for proposals.”

The same article won approval for the appropriation of $208K from Water Enterprise retained earnings to supplement the fiscal 2019 operating budgets of the water enterprise personal services at $8K and the water enterprise reserve fund of $200K.