Lunenburg Voters to Take Up Pot Moratorium
LUNENBURG -- An extended recreational marijuana moratorium and a noise bylaw are among 18 articles voters can expect to take up at the Nov. 13 Special Town Meeting.
The Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee met Thursday for a public hearing on the warrant. Afterward, they recommended three financial articles and decided to take positions on the rest during the Special Town Meeting, which will be held at Lunenburg Middle-High School.
The Planning Board submitted an article that would continue the town’s marijuana moratorium, set to expire at the end of the year, until May 31, 2019.
Land Use Director Adam Burney said that would give the board more time to develop a bylaw to present at the annual Town Meeting.
The goal is to take a “bifurcated” approach that gives voters the power to say whether to allow marijuana businesses or ban some or all establishments in town, he said. The moratorium would remain in place until the town decides what direction to pursue.
“We didn’t want there to be a gray area,” Burney said.
Selectmen will make their recommendation at the Special Town Meeting.
Another warrant article is a noise bylaw proposed by Police Chief James Marino.
“We don’t have any such noise bylaw in town,” he said. “It’s really a response to a community that has grown dramatically.”
The bylaw would give more enforcement over noise, including setting hours of when loud activities could be allowed and what kind of noises can be regulated, Marino said.
It would also allow the town to issue special permits for events like concerts.
Selectmen said they would make their recommendation about the bylaw at the Special Town Meeting.
Two citizens petitions on the warrant propose banning thin-film plastic bags from retailers in town and allow for the conveyance of a parcel of land separating property from Hickory Hills Lake.
Other articles on the warrant include a salary survey for town employees and a bylaw for home businesses to use signs to advertise.
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