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What can residents expect to vote on at Annual Town Meeting?

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WESTFORD — The final draft of the Annual Town Meeting Warrant has been published and a digital copy of the Financial Committee book is available to residents. But what can Westford residents expect to vote on during the June 11 meeting?

Administrative proposals

Article 1 authorizes the use of electronic vote tabulators at Town Meeting. Learn how they work here.

Article 14 would authorize the Select Board to accept the following easements:

Article 14 Select Board Easements. (Photo/via Town of Westford)

Article 15 would authorize the Select Board to acquire easements for the Plain Road sidewalk project.

Bylaw amendments, local acceptance statute proposals

Article 16 would authorize the Select Board to establish a speed limit of 25 mph on Pleasant St., Patten Rd., as well as portions of Main St., and W. Prescott St.. These roads currently have a speed limit of 30 mph.

Article 17 would reduce the number of Finance Committee books mailed to households. Physical copies would be available at the Cameron Senior Center, Town Hall, the J.V. Fletcher Library and the Police Station. If approved, a form will be mailed to households detailing how an electronic copy can be accessed.

Article 18 would add 483 Groton Rd. to the Industrial A zoning district.

Capital appropriation proposals for FY22 

Article 5 would approve multiple capital appropriations in the sum of $4,280,796.

Article 5 Capital Appropriations. (Photo/via Town of Westford).

Article 6 would appropriate funding for the Cameron Senior Center HVAC Project. The project, which totals approximately $1.6 million, had a $500,000 portion of its funding approved through American Rescue Plan Act funding. A ‘yea’ vote would authorize the town to raise the remaining funds to complete the project.

Article 7 would appropriate funding for the construction of a new fire training facility and establish a stabilization fund for a possible future relocation of the training tower. During a Jan. 25 meeting, the Select Board voted unanimously to support $580,000 in funding for the engineering and construction of the facility.

Financial — FY22

Article 3 would approve FY22 budget supplemental appropriations.

Article 4 would appropriate for percolate expenses.

Financial — FY23

Article 9 would amend the wage and classification plan to amend pay classification for non-unionized municipal employees.

Article 10 would approve revolving funds.

Article 10 Revolving Funds. (Photo/via Town of Westford)

Article 11 would approve the FY23 operating budget.

Article 12 would appropriate Chapter 90 funding for roadway maintenance.

Article 13 would appropriate funds from Water Enterprise Other Post Employment Benefits to fund the Water Enterprise Budget.

Town Reports

Article 2 would accept town reports.

Community Preservation Funds

Article 8 would approve Community Preservation Committee recommendations.

Care and custody of town lands 

Article 19 would authorize the Conservation Commission to lease Hill Orchards for periods up to five years.

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Ben Domaingue has previously worked at newspapers in New Hampshire and is a News Reporter covering Westford. He’s passionate about community journalism, photography and hiking. Email him at bdomaingue@westfordcat.org.