A proposal to impose a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries is among the items that will come before a Special Town Meeting that convenes Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the high school. The moratorium would provide the town with more time to develop zoning rules for a medical marijuana operation. A previous moratorium expired in March. The meeting will take up a series of proposed expenditures. Included is $814,000 to make various additions to department budgets, using funds made available by higher than anticipated state aid and local revenues. Also requested is $215,768 for one-time expenditures, including purchase of a lawn mower, voting booths, and an unmarked police SUV; $300,000 for one-time school capital needs; $127,000 for a mitigation fund that helps employees who face higher costs due to changes in the town’s health care plan; and $350,000 for an account to help the town meet its unfunded liability for retiree health insurance. There are also requests to authorize $115,000 to design water projects; and $350,000 from the Community Preservation Fund to pay for playground improvements. The meeting will consider zoning amendments to delete the Cluster Subdivision section of the zoning bylaw and revise the Open Space Residential Design section; and to allow drive-through facilities by special permit in certain parts of town. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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