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FinComm and Select Board Meet

by Chris Cain
March 30, 2019

There was a joint meeting of the Select Board and Finance Committee held on Thursday evening to review the 35 Articles and 1 ballot question included in the DRAFT Warrant for the May 6th Town Meeting.

There was a joint meeting of the Select Board and Finance Committee held on Thursday evening to review the 35 Articles and 1 ballot question included in the DRAFT Warrant for the May 6th Town Meeting.  The Warrant must be signed no later than April 16, 2019

The members got cozy around the conference table to walk through the language and rationale for each of the proposed articles.  Most of the articles are the standard content for the annual Town Meeting and discussion was limited on those items.  In some cases the Selectmen had financial questions of the FinComm and for others the shoe was on the other foot.  Those present were able to satisfactorily answer many of the questions.  Overall, the meeting was very efficient and productive.

A couple items required additional research. The article to appropriate funds for a library consultant will get additional information from the Library Trustees prior to the Town Meeting.  The FinComm will meet soon to review what the proper approach / wording for the article related to funding for Blair Square improvements.  A grant request has been submitted for the project.  If and when the grant funding could be available led to the FinComm's further discussion.

Ken Henderson (foot visible in lower right of picture above) presented to the group the rationale for the $1,000 maintenance budget for the Rail Trail.  The group accepted the budget request and also discussed how funding might be made more formally available for trail maintenance in the future.

The Selectmen amended the article related to adopting MGL Section 90, pertaining to the ability for the town to set its own speed limits below 30 mph.  Chief Stone had provided results from a survey of nearby towns and found that most had adopted sections 17C (25mph) AND 18B (20mph) when voting to adopt the state statutes.  Therefore the article will include both sections and make the speed limits available for public safety throughout the town.

Some zoning by-laws changes are on the Warrant. And one proposed election ballot question is on the Warrant.  Once again we get to vote on whether or not RETAIL SALES of marijuana should be allowed in Holliston this time in the form of a By-law change.

A group of petitioners are sponsoring an article to 'direct the Board of Selectmen to create the regular part-time position of sustainability coordinator and to appoint a sustainability coordinator, and raise funds to pay the coordinator consistent with the Personnel By-laws.'  For those wanting to learn more about what a Sustainability Coordinator does in a town, there is a public forum NEXT Thursday, April 4, 7pm at Pine Hill School in Sherborn.  Sustainability coordinators from area towns will be on hand to describe their function.  At least one Holliston Selectman is planning to attend that session.

It might be of interest to know that during this Thursday's meeting there were 10 people seated around the conference table and seven citizens (excluding the press) in the audience.  I suspect many more folks tuned in to HCAT's broadcast.

 

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