Special Town Meeting, held on the Trustees field at Westford Academy on Oct. 16, barely met a required quorum of 200 just before the 1 p.m. start time.
With only nine articles to act upon, voters fulfilled their requirement by just after 2 p.m. There were budget adjustments, capital appropriations, and a revolving fund to decide.
Only article 9, seeking to restrict motorboats on Keyes pond, prompted debate.
It was Keyes Road resident Bruce Bunker who brought his request to select board members, earlier this year. He said he worried about pollutants affecting the body of water.
Although debated, Bunker’s measure passed 110 to 83.
Article 1 — Fiscal year 2022 budget adjustments — passed
Article 2 — Approve fiscal year 2022 capital appropriations — passed
First motion — That the town appropriate from free cash the sum of $290,000 to provide for the following capital requests and costs incidental and related to–
$100,000 for an improved HVAC system at the Cameron Senior Center
$100,000 for the Rogers Fire Station Roof replacement
$90,000 for a schematic design and other costs related to the Blanchard middle School roof replacement.
Second motion — that the town appropriate from free cash, $470,000 and transfer that amount to the Capital Stabilization fund. In addition, the article requested that town officials appropriate from the Water Enterprise Retained Earnings, $25,000– passed
Article 3 — Amend the general bylaws o establish a revolving fund for the electric vehicle charing stations. — passed
Article 4 — Establish fiscal 2022 spending limits for electric vehicle charging station of $40,000 from recycling and $10,000, also from recycling — passed
Article 5 — Establish a health insurance claims trust fund and transfer the balance of $733.145 in the health insurance stabilization fund to the health insurance trust fund, holding $3.6 million — both motions passed
Article 6 — Approve funding for an energy savings performance audit — passed
Article 7 — Authorize Byrne place Extension improvements/betterments — passed
Article 8 — Reduce amount raised by taxes in fiscal 2022. — dismissed
Article 9 — Sought to restrict motorboats from Keyes pond. — the measure was approved 110 to 83.