“It's going to be a historic moment,” said town
The approximately 3.84 percent increase in total operating and capital expenses for next year is rooted in mandatory increases in insurance and retirement expenses, according to the warrant.
“Everyone involved realizes we have to do something to overcome this,” Murphy said of the increasing expenses. “I'm all for it.”
At the same time, though, the selectmen are proposing three Proposition 2 1/2 articles. Article 11 would add
All three Proposition 2 1/2 articles require approval from both town meeting and voters at the
The finance committee opposes the
“There's no clear plan” for either project, Polowczyk said.
The fire department does have a plan, Fire Chief
Typically the fire department needs four firefighters during a shift, Pauley said. As it stands now, the town keeps two firefighters in the firehouse on each shift and then relies on two others to respond “on call” as needed. But with two retirements this year, the day shift will lose its two reliable on-call firefighters.
It's difficult these days to find on-call firefighters who can respond during the day and who live close enough to
Each new permanent firefighter will cost the town about
In other articles, the recycling committee hopes to persuade voters to ban polystyrene plastics, such as disposable food containers and cutlery, at food and retail establishments. If passed, the ban would go in effect
“I'd like to know what the alternative to a plastic straw is?” said
Recycling committee member
A first offense would be a
More than 20 towns in
A nonbinding resolution seeks to prevent town resources from being used for enforcement of federal immigration laws unless probable cause evidence is presented. A petitioned article seeks to block permit applications for the
In the two special town meeting articles, the housing authority hopes to further its 10-year-old plan for eight rental units off
Town meeting begins at
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