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Needham Special Town Meeting to be held Tuesday

Posted by Evan Allen  November 12, 2012 03:33 PM

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Needham will hold its Special Town Meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, after postponing its original start date from Oct. 29 because of Hurricane Sandy.

There are 17 articles on the warrant, which can be found here.

One article seeks to appropriate $15,000 to fund a feasibility study that will look at locating solar facilities in town; one seeks to amend the Operating Budget for fiscal year 2013; and another to rescind debt authorizations, which occurs when a project is financed by borrowing and is completed, with all bills paid, and the town did not have to borrow the total amount authorized, that amount left over can be rescinded.

There are two Citizens’ Petitions – one supporting a rail trail committee to study unused rail trail in town, and one advocating a bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee to come up with a bicycle and pedestrian plan for the town.

Article 10 calls for an appropriation of $500,000 for construction of an accessible home for individuals with disabilities by the Charles River Center. Article 11 calls for an appropriation of $35,000 to do a rail trail feasibility study. Article 12 calls for an appropriation of $445,000 to improve Greene’s Field.

Article 17 calls for an appropriation of $1,100,000 to allow the town to purchase property at 51 Lincoln Street, which would help augment municipal parking in Needham Center and allow for the future expansion of the Police and Fire Station.

There are a couple of changes to zoning bylaws, including a change to the height limitations for specific municipal buildings used for storage space and a change in setbacks for small accessory buildings near swimming pools.

There are several other articles up for consideration: funding the collective bargaining agreement with the Fire Union; an article to accept an increase in supplemental pension allowance for town employees who die while employed by the town; an appropriation of $55,000 for engineering and design for Pollard School boiler replacement; an appropriation of $310,000 for improvement and repairs to the town’s infrastructure; an appropriation of $1,913,000 for the engineering, design and construction of a salt shed; and an appropriation of $400,000 for soil remediation and removal and associated costs at the Recycling/Transfer Station.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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