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Tewksbury Special Town Meeting

September 20, 2018

TEWKSBURY -- Like many other towns, Tewksbury will be taking up recreational marijuana, a plastic bag ban and more at its upcoming Oct. 2 Special Town Meeting.

The meeting is set to take place at the Tewksbury Memorial High School at 7 p.m.

Marijuana-related articles were withdrawn from May’s Annual Town Meeting so town officials could collect more information before presenting any articles to voters. This year there are four articles related to recreational marijuana on the warrant.

Voters at last year’s Annual Town Meeting approved a moratorium on recreational marijuana establishments through Dec. 31, 2018.

Articles 20 and 21 are looking to permanently ban retail recreational marijuana in town.

Articles 22 and 23 look to temporarily ban all other marijuana establishments, including “cultivators, independent testing laboratories, marijuana product manufacturers, and/or any other types of licensed non-retailer marijuana-related businesses...” through Dec. 31, 2019.

Tewksbury may join towns like Tyngsboro, Westford and Wilmington, which have approved bans on single-use plastic bags in retail establishments. Article 19 outlines the proposal, which would go into effect April 1, 2019 if approved. The proposed penalties are a written warning for a first offense, a $100 fine for a second offense and a $200 fine for additional offenses.

The Community Preservation Committee is also hoping to receive an appropriation of $30,000 through Article 11. The money would fund software to create a digital archive of the town’s historic materials, landmarks and more. As it stands today, the town’s historic information is either in a box or a binder.

“That way it can be more accessible to the public,” said Nancy Reed, the vice president of the town’s Historical Society.

Three other articles from the Community Preservation Committee to appropriate funds. Article 8 is seeking $42,000 to replace fencing at the Saunders Recreation Area on Livingston Street as well as make improvements to the skateboard park. Article 9 is looking to appropriate $850,000 to install new lights, poles and electrical work at the Saunders Recreation Area. Article 10 is seeking $60,000 as additional funding for the installation of a fitness court at the Saunders Recreation Area. At May’s Annual Town Meeting, $115,000 was transferred for this project.

The town has also reached its maximum number of liquor licenses, so Article 18 is seeking to authorize the Board of Selectmen to petition special legislation for six additional licenses for alcohol to be consumed on premise and two additional licenses for wine and malt beverages to be consumed on premises.

Article 24 is seeking to permit billboards in town, only along Interstates 495 and 93.

There are a total is 28 articles set for this Special Town Meeting. The full warrant is available for review online at www.tewksbury-ma.gov .

Follow Kori Tuitt on Twitter @KoriTuitt.

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