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Norwood Special Town Meeting to discuss strong chief law; several budget issues

Posted by Natalie Feulner  October 31, 2012 01:33 PM

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When Norwood Town Meeting members gather Nov. 15 for a Special Town Meeting, recent issues with the fire department will be at the forefront of the conversation.

Six of the 22 articles in this year's warrant deal with the fire department - five are about payments due and one requesting the town rescind its Strong Chief Law.

The town's Strong Chief Law was created by the March 24, 1926 Norwood Special Town Meeting and dictates that every decision about the fire department is overseen by the chief. That can range from the budget to the hiring and firing of personnel.

The warrant article does not say what the town would replace the Strong Chief law with if it is rescinded however, in past years, suggestions have included having the fire department fall under the supervision of the General Manager.

Here's a look at the other articles included in this year's warrant. A full copy is available at Town Hall, 566 Washington St.

Article One: To see if the town will amend the zoning bylaws that regulate accessory trailers, sheds, and major recreational equipment.

Article Two through Article Nine: To see what sum of money the town will transfer from surplus revenue for the use of: planning board salaries; funding the stabilization fund; creating a stabilization fund for the Blue Hills Regional Technical School District; funding a study of a proposed town-owned ice rink; funding new police equipment; pay for police overtime and paying for retroactive salary increases.

Article 10 through Article 14: To see what sum of money the town will transfer from surplus for the payment of: Fire Department substitutions; fire training; unpaid wages; unpaid dispatcher pay, and unpaid fire salaries.

Article 16: To See what sum the town will transfer for public works overtime.

Article 17: To see if the town will authorize the Board of Selectmen to accept a grant and non-interest bearing loan from the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority for the repair of the sewer system.

Article 18: To see what sum of money the town will transfer to fund new recreation equipment.

Article 19: To see what sum of money the town will authorize for a "Public Works Facility Design."

Article 20: To see if the town will vote to extend the scope of the Permanent Building Construction Committee for the construction of a concession stand with toilets at Norwood High School.

Article 21: To see what sum of money the town will vote to transfer for renovations at Town Hall.

Article 22: To see what sum of money the town will vote to transfer for unpaid bills.

The meeting is scheduled for Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Norwood High School, 245 Nichols St.

Natalie Feulner can be reached at natalie.feulner@gmail.com.

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