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Special Town Meeting Results – Oct. 17, 2016

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There were 316 voters deciding 12 articles and two resolutions at Westford's special Town Meeting, Oct. 17. PHOTO BY JOYCE PELLINO CRANE
There were 316 voters deciding 12 articles and two resolutions at Westford’s special Town Meeting, Oct. 17. PHOTO BY JOYCE PELLINO CRANE

Article 1- Dismissed unanimously

Authorization for the Board of Selectmen to petition the General

Court for one (1) additional all alcohol on premises license to be

exercised by Westford Gateway, LLC located at 66-68 Boston Road, Westford.

Resolution 1 – (initially passed by majority but then a counted vote was requested after Article 2 had been voted. Failed by a counted vote of 103 in favor to 114 opposed.)

Whereas the Town of Westford intends to protect our investments in

our Agricultural Preservation Restricted (APR) lands, to maintain

affordable agricultural use of this land, prevent commercial

encroachment into restricted and residential areas, and protect our

natural resources in perpetuity.

Resolve that the Town Meeting advises the Board of Selectman and

town government to discontinue use of any further resources for any

purpose that would serve to undermine the integrity of the

Agricultural Preservation Restrictions or other protected lands in the

Town of Westford, including, but not limited to, discontinuance of

any support for the construction of a restaurant on protected land.

Further, the Board should direct resources as needed to enforce the

APRs and their intended purposes, and use the full extent of their

authority to have the property cleaned up.

Article 2 – Passed Unanimously

Approve Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Year(s)

Article 3 – Passed Unanimously

Approve Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Adjustments

Resolution 2 – Failed by a counted vote of 58 in favor to 119 opposed.

WHEREAS, when the Town of Westford purchased the 3 APRs for

the 66-68 Boston Road Drew Farms property in 1996, a 2/3 vote was

required of that town meeting.

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Selectman bring any decision

concerning the 3 APRs for 66-68 Boston Road to town meeting for a

2/3 vote for approval.

Article 4 – Passed Unanimously

Approve Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Transfers

Article 5 – Passed by Majority

Approve Fiscal Year 2017 Capital Appropriations

Article 6 – Passed Unanimously

Authorize Revolving Funds

Article 7 – Passed by Majority

Amend the Wage and Classification Plan

Article 8 – Passed by 2/3 declared majority

Authorize the Selectmen to Enter a Lease for the Office and

Programming Space for the Parks, Recreation, and Cemetery

Departments in Building 18 of the former Courier/RR Donnelley

Printing Facility at 22 Town Farm Road and Appropriate Funds for

the First Year of the Lease and Appropriate Funds for the First Year

of the Lease

Article 9 – Passed Unanimously

Reduce Amount Raised by Taxes in Fiscal Year 2017

Article 10 – Passed Unanimously

Acceptance of Schematic Design for the J.V. Fletcher Library

Article 11 – Main motion was divided into two

. Motion 1: Dismissed

Unanimously; Motion 2: Passed by Majority

Approve Community Preservation Committee Recommendations

Motion 1: $125,000 for recreation feasibility study

Motion 2: $50,000 for the installation of a deep well and pump shed at the W. Otis & Alice V. Day Westford Community Garden and any other related costs.

Article 12 – Passed Unanimously

Accept Clare Circle as a Public Way

Having no further business to conduct, the meeting adjourned at 9:06pm

Source: Westford Town Clerk’s office.