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Special Town Meeting Set for Oct. 30

October 9, 2018

By Mina Corpuz

mcorpuz@sentinel andenterprise.com

ASHBURNHAM -- The warrant for the Oct. 30 Special Town Meeting is expected to be finalized next week.

On Monday, the Board of Selectmen will meet to approve the final warrant. Bylaws, capital items, expenditures, and administrative items are being considered.

Town Administrator Heather Budrewicz outlined the topics in a guide posted on the town website.

“Something may be here and not appear on the final Oct. 15th issued warrant,” she wrote. “The opposite, while possible, is less likely.”

One of the proposed bylaws would be to allow recreational marijuana businesses in town. Selectmen discussed the bylaw at their previous meeting and residents will get a chance to learn about it at a public hearing expected later in the month.

The Planning Board will also host a public hearing for a surface water zoning bylaw.

Other bylaws address blight, foreclosures, and personnel issues.

Drafts of the bylaws are expected to be posted on the town’s website by the end of the week.

For capital items, there could be an article about the town’s share for the Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School District.

Several expenditure articles could include money transfers, an update to the Road Maintenance Improvement Plan, or a replacement of a gun cleaning station for the Police Department.

An administrative item that may appear on the warrant proposes creating a Road Infrastructure Stabilization Fund.

Those who would like to submit a citizen’s petition can use the form on the town website or visit the Town Clerk’s office for help.

The Special Town Meeting will take place at Overlook Middle School at 7 p.m.

Follow Mina on Twitter @mlcorpuz.

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