Saturday, March 11, 2017

Town Meeting Warrant Article Review - Special Articles

There are two special warrant articles on the Town Meeting Warrant this year.  These articles deal with specific items which are planned only for 2017.  The first article deals with an appropriation request for money to support celebration activities for the Town's 50th anniversary.  The other deals with a special appropriation for the Planning Board to conduct a detailed review of the primary Town Land Use regulation.



Article 17 – To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000 from general taxation for funding of town events in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Celebration.  This appropriation is to come from general taxation.  The Selectmen Recommend Approval by vote of 3 to 0. (Majority Vote Required) (Amount NOT included in Article 19)





Article 18 – To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000 for professional planning assistance to the Planning Board on revisions to the Town Zoning Ordinance.  This appropriation is to come from general taxation.  The Selectmen Recommend Approval by vote of 3 to 0. (Majority Vote Required) (Amount NOT included in Article 19)


Article 17 - The request is for $10,000 to be used for materials and events for the Town's 50th anniversary.  If this appropriation is approved, the Selectmen will be asking for a volunteer committee to help plan for an "Old Home Day" type of event.  The event will be held sometime in August.  The weekend can include things like field games, a road race, community cook-out, bands, and the like - whatever the committee determines.  We may even have a fireworks display like the 4th of July.  We could also use the money to purchase items such as T-shirts, etc. which could be sold during the activities.  The article is unanimously recommended by the Selectmen.  The funding would come from general taxation.

Article 18 - This request is also for $10,000 to be used by the Planning Board to hire professional planning assistance while reviewing the Town's Zoning Ordinance.  The Zoning Ordinance is a critical document which lays out the regulations for the use of land in different areas of the Town.  The Planning Board has an on-going program for the review and modification of the ordinance and this work would address two of the more difficult items  the Board has been talking about - the use of signs in town and the regulation of parking throughout the town.  The article is unanimously recommended by the Selectmen.  The funding would come from general taxation.

Both of these articles cover discretionary projects in that they are not critical to the daily operation of the Town or for the improvement of town facilities.  However, they both cover important one-time projects.

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