What to Expect at North Reading Fall Town Meeting

Fall Town Meeting is Monday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.

Community members will gather at the Daniel H. Shay Auditorium inside North Reading High School on Monday, October 1 at 7 p.m. for Town Meeting.

If you haven't registered to vote yet, you won't be able to participate in this year's Town Meeting. The deadline was Sept. 11.

There are 18 articles on the warrant. Warrants were mailed to residents' homes. Here are some items listed on the warrant that you may be interested in:

  • Article 3 Amend FY2013 Operating Budget

Residents will be asked to vote to amend the FY2013 Operating Budget. The town would like to add money to the budget. Here are the proposed items and amounts:

Item Amount Salary Pool $40,000 IT expenses $5,000 Supplement salaries in Veteran's Department $5,834 Add to Recreation Enterprise Fund $27,148 Police Department expenses $3,377 Two police cruisers $82,280 Fire Department small capital $63,000 Ambulance reserve account $52,000 Supplement salaries to be added to Hillview Enterprise Fund $1,002 Hillview Debt Service $14,725 Water Debt Service $50,916 Additional exempt and non-exempt debt $3,515,381
  • Article 4 FY2013 Capital Improvement Plan

Residents will be asked to vote on whether or not to purchase the following items:

Project Department Cost Various hardware/software IT $91,354 MUNIS software IT $257,290 Disaster Recovery/Backup IT $25,000 Equipment replacement IT $45,000 Class A Pumper* Fire Department $485,000 Town Road Program Public Works $200,000 Replace Backhoe* Public Works $110,000 Town Hall security upgrades Public Works $51,000 Town Hall IT and Room 10 improvements Public Works $46,500 Library/exterior repair/paint  Public Works $12,000 Replace 1997 Turf Tiger Public Works $14,500 7th Fairway, Equipment and Facility improvements Hillview $400,000

*Add related equipment or accessories

  • Article 9 Fund Town Road Survey Services

The town will be asked to vote on whether or not to fund the survey services relating to town roads. The surveys will cost $20,000.

  • Article 11 Fund Building on the Common Parking lot expansion

The town will be asked to vote on whether or not to fund the Building on the Common parking lot expansion. The expansion will cost $5,000 and will create four new parking spaces.

  • Article 12 Little School Retaining Wall Repair

The town will be asked to vote on whether or not to fund improvements or the reconstruction of the retaining wall at the Little School.

  • Article 13 Improvements to Town Hall

The town will be asked to vote on whether or not to fund a sum of money to make improvements to Town Hall including improving air quality for Town Hall employees.

  • Article 17 Amend Code- Add General Bylaw- Chapter 104, Article II - Local Fingerprint Submission Requirement for License Applicants

The town will be asked to vote on a local bylaw to enable police to conduct fingerprint based criminal history checks for applicants applying for positions such as a door-to-door sales person, a manager of a liquor license, an owner or operator of public conveyance, a hackney and livery driver or an ice cream truck vendor.

Barry October 01, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Too bad this information isn't very current. The North Reading Transcript reported last week that Articles 15 and 16 would be passed over. Patch is beaten by the old fashioned print medium once again.


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