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31 Articles To Appear On Fall Town Meeting Warrant

Oct 25, 2016 07:47PM ● By Bill Gilman


(Editor's note: The complete Fall Town Meeting Warrant can be found above, in a printable PDF document attached to this story.)

Before Dracut voters help to decide who will lead the free world for the next four years, they have some business to take cared of that will actually have much more of an impact of their day-to-day lives.
On Monday, Nov. 7, residents will gather at Dracut High School at 7:30 p.m. for the Fall Annual Town Meeting. The warrant, signed off on by Selectmen at a recent meeting, will feature 31 articles.
Included are numerous spending articles (most paid for from certified free cash), zoning articles, bylaw changes and one article that could very well impact your next garage sale.
Among the spending items to be voted on are:
  • $75,000 from free cash for snow removal equipment for the DPW.
  • $75,000 from free cash for the purchase of equipment for the Police Department.
  • $600,000 from free cash to fund a Technology Stabilization Fund (established in the same article).
  • $195,000 from "new growth" revenue to be put toward the FY 2016 general budget.
  • $300,000 from free cash to be used for design costs, project manager and other preliminary costs associated with the proposed Fire Station at 2197 Lakeview Ave.
  • $1,092,976 from free cash, a 50 percent grant match and/or a 0 percent loan provided by the state for the purchase and installation of technology equipment for town departments.
Among the bylaw changes to be voted on are:
  • Changes to the per diem reimbursements for town employees required to travel for town business. The proposed change would increase the cap on lodging reimbursement from $100 to $200 a day and increase the cap on meals reimbursement from $25 to $50 a day.
  • A proposal to allow illuminated electronic signs, with specific restrictions, in all business districts. Presently, the only electronic sign allowed is at the Middle School.
  • Changes to the language of the zoning bylaws that would streamline the approval process for fast food restaurants, shortening the process by an estimated six months.
  • Changes to the language of zoning bylaws so that assisted living facilities would be permitted in "Business 3 Districts." Presently, nursing homes are allowed but assisted living facilities are not.
Among the other articles on the warrant:
  • Article 19 asks voters to give permission to use $750,000 in Community Preservation Funds to purchase the development rights (but not the property itself) to the 27.7-acre parcel of land at 52A Avis Ave., presently owned by Elm Terrace Family Trust. The land has been farmed for many years by Alden and Esther Fox.

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