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Selectmen's Notebook: Board Recommends Moratorium On Marijuana Shops

Oct 13, 2017 10:45AM ● By Andrew Sylvia

Dracut Town Hall

Here are some highlights from the Oct. 10, 2017 Dracut Board of Selectmen meeting. Full video of the meeting is available on the DATV website.

Town Meeting Warrant Recommendations

Dracut voters have 37 warrant articles to deliberate upon at Fall Town Meeting on Nov. 6, and the Board of Selectmen provided their input on Tuesday.

The Selectmen unanimously recommended all of the first 32 warrant articles with the exception of Article 22, a temporary moratorium on retail marijuana sales pending direction from the state.

That article was recommended 4-1, with Selectman Jesse Forcier voting in opposition, citing concerns regarding possible legal and economic issues on a moratorium.

The Selectmen also recommended Article 37, a petitioned warrant article asking for increased meeting information on the town website, with recommendations on the other articles continued until the board’s next meeting.

Tax Increment Financing Districts

Four of those warrant articles discussed the creation of Tax Increment Financing or TIF District.

In Massachusetts, TIF Districts create an agreement between government bodies and companies where temporary tax incentives are provided in exchange for infrastructural improvements designed to bring jobs to a community.

All four of the TIF agreements discussed on Tuesday were set for periods of 10 years, where each of the companies would receive 25 percent tax abatements on real property specified in the agreements.

Personal property, or basically anything not related to the building expansions on the specified sites, would still be taxed at 100 percent under each of the agreements.

Town Manager Jim Duggan estimated that combined, the projects associated with the proposed TIF Districts would add approximately 270 jobs to Dracut.

New Security Cameras

Duggan also announced the installation of new security cameras installed at Dillon-McAnespie Park and Veterans Park.

The feed from the camera will be piped directly into the Dracut Police Department Dispatch Center and will be activated by motion sensors according to Dracut Police chief Peter Bartlett.

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