At its fourth session Wednesday night, Town Meeting passed the halfway mark, in terms of the number of articles addressed.
The town’s legislative body, which has now taken up 42 of the 72 articles on the Town Meeting Warrant, voted in the affirmative on all 12 articles that were discussed, accepted the Board of Selectmen’s recommendation of no action on four more articles (Articles 31, 33, 35 and 53) and received a report from Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine (Article 32).
Most of the articles approved Wednesday were pretty standard articles that are approved every year in unanimous or near unanimous votes, such as the articles that appropriate funds to the town’s committees and commissions, celebrations and other areas (Articles 42, 43, 48, 49, 50 and 51).
One such article, Article 54, which had asked members to approve funds for a paid parking study, was actually changed by the Selectmen to instead ask members to support an initial parking study by the Town Manager and Board of Selectmen, with no appropriation.
The article read: “That Town Meeting hereby recommends that the Town Manager and Board of Selectmen study whether to implement paid on-street parking in Town business districts.”
Basically, town officials will further investigate whether a paid parking study is needed, and if they determine it is, they’ll have to come back to Town Meeting for an appropriation.
The article, which ended Wednesday’s session, was approved in a standing vote. All other articles Wednesday were determined by a voice vote.
Articles 29, 34, 36, 37 and 39 were all approved by convincing margins. However, some did generate a number of questions ahead of time.
Also on Wednesday, Articles 38, 40, 41, 44, 45, 46, 47 and 52 were tabled or postponed to upcoming sessions.
Town Meeting will reconvene at 8 p.m. Monday, May 7, in .