Town Meeting in June to be limited to finance articles

May 27, 2020

Town Meeting will decide on financial articles during a shortened meeting on June 15, leaving the rest of the warrant for a meeting in August or for the fall meeting.

The Board of Selectmen voted on the articles that will be decided in June at their Tuesday night meeting.

The meeting will be held in the gym at the high school to best allow for social distancing. Masks will be required. Those who cannot or will not wear masks will be allowed to participate from another room, as is the case with an overflow crowd.

From the Annual Town Meeting warrant, voters will weigh in on articles 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16. That includes recurring business, compensation of certain officials like the town clerk and moderator, the fiscal 2021 revolving funds, the capital plan, the budget, the emergency medical services budget, payment to Upper Cape Regional Technical High School, water pollution control facility enterprise fund, amending a zoning bylaw, accepting the newest FEMA flood plain maps, Community Preservation fund reserves, and harbor services receipts.

From the Special Town Meeting warrant, voters will decide articles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, and 16. That includes budget transfers, funding for the Onset parking program, the spring 2020 capital plan, transfer of available funds, transferring funding to WCTV, upgrades to the Westfield girls softball field, harbor service permit receipts, water pollution control funding, transfer of unused balances from past town meeting articles, the solid waste and recycling revolving account, union contracts, and a home rule petition regarding the sale of alcohol to-go at Stone Path Malt, which would be forwarded to the state legislature.

Many of the exact budget and funding numbers are still be finalized.

Those articles were selected based on their financial importance to the town. 

There was some debate about whether to include the petition to allow Stone Path Malt to sell beer to-go, as Selectman Jim Munise said it doesn’t pertain to the town’s budget, and there could be some discussion about it. The other Selectmen said that they wanted to include it to help the business, which, like many, is having a hard time during the pandemic. The vote to include that article passed 4-1-0.