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Norwood Town Meeting approves funding for ice rink study

Posted by Natalie Feulner  November 16, 2012 02:26 PM

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The Recreation in Norwood Committee is one step closer to building an indoor ice rink, following Town Meeting's approval Thursday of an article that recommends selectmen use $45,000 for a feasibility and traffic study of the proposal.

As proposed, state funds would finance about $5.6 million for the project near the Hawes Pool in South Norwood. However, the location may change depending on the results of the traffic study.

The money was donated to the town by the committee that has been trying for years to gain support for a rink in town. Selectmen did not need permission from Town Meeting to do the study, but Article Five's discussion provided feedback about the proposal and subsequent study.

Town Meeting also discussed nine other articles before adjourning and rescheduling for Monday to finish the rest of the warrant. Among the items still outstanding is an article to rescind the strong chief law for fire chiefs.

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

Article Two: To transfer $32,394 from free cash to the Planning Board Salary Account.
Vote: Approved

Article Three: To transfer the sum of $1.5 million to the Stabilization Fund from the Surplus Revenue Account.
Vote: Approved

Article Four: To establish a Stabilization Fund for the Blue Hills Regional Vocational School District.
Vote: Indefinitely Postponed

Article Six: To approve $144,000 for the purchase of three new police cruisers.
Vote: Approved

Article Seven: To approve the transfer of $45,000 from police salaries into the police overtime budget.
Vote: Approved

Article Eight: To request $112,000 for retroactive payment of previously approved wage and salary increases for prior fiscal years, plus payment of about $6,000 in retroactive payments.
Vote: Approved

Article Nine: To approve $31,400 for the settlement of a collective bargaining agreement.
Vote: Approved

Article 10: To approve $8,257 for the payment of salaries and expenses in order to pay two firefighters for their attendance from April through June 2011 for specialized training.
Vote: Approved

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

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