Short Takes from the September 18 Selectmen’s Meeting

By Meredith McCulloch

During their meeting on Monday, September 18 the Selectmen approved the new ad hoc Community Garden Task Force and reviewed a draft of several articles that would be on the Warrant for Special Town Meeting on November 6.

Community Garden Task Force Approved

The Selectmen approved a charge establishing an ad hoc Community Garden Task Force which would recommend a location for new community garden space on town-owned property. The task force is charged with gathering input from the public, reviewing possible sites, and reporting its recommendations to the Conservation Commission and the Selectmen.

 The Selectmen also reviewed articles on a draft warrant for the November Special Town Meeting, including

  •  Proposed Energy Audit: The Selectmen voted to support a petitioner’s article to authorize an energy audit, which would measure current greenhouse emissions in town and provide a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. The objective is to reach the energy use goals established by the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008.
  • Hearing for Proposed Sign Bylaw Change: Jeff Cohen, a former member of the Ad Hoc sign By-law Review Committee (now disbanded) proposed a change in the requirements for illuminated signs. The request originated with the business community. Two changes are recommended: (1) change the unit of measure of light from foot-lamberts to candela per square foot and (2) allow the level of illumination to be verified by a licensed engineer rather than through a field visit. A special permit would still be required. The change will be on the warrant for Special Town Meeting.
  • Sale of Medical Marijuana: Articles related to the sale of medical marijuana will appear on the STM warrant. Several are under consideration. The Planning Board is holding hearings on two marijuana-zoning bylaws on September 26.  The Selectmen are planning to hold a public hearing at their October 2 meeting.
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