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May 3, 2014

Salisbury voters face flurry of issues at Town Meeting


According to the proposed zoning amendment, Salisbury’s Medical Marijuana Overlay District would be established only in the town’s commercial or light industrial zones, if the applicant gains certification from state officials.

Even within the overlay zone, the facility cannot be located within 500 feet of a school, child care facility, library, playground, public park, youth center, public pool, video arcade, residential dwelling or any facility where minors commonly congregate.

Allowed only by special permit issued by the Planning Board, the medical marijuana cultivation or dispensary must employ sufficient security measures to prevent diversion to those not qualified to obtain medical marijuana.

Article 24 would amend the town’s excessive noise ordinance in a way that will define obtrusive noise for law enforcement, as well as increase the fines from $50 to $100. The town regulation would prohibit anyone from making excessive noise in a vehicle, public space or residential neighborhood.

At 7 p.m., on Monday, May 19, prior to Town Meeting, a Special Town Meeting will be held for the purpose of transferring funds from one line item in this fiscal year’s budget to another.

Transfers will be requested to cover overages in the snow and police overtime budgets, and to purchase equipment and vehicles for the police and fire departments, upgrade the town’s website and buy a public address system for Town Meeting, as well as to repair the front steps at Town Hall, currently roped off due to safety issues.

Also requested is a $460,000 transfer from the Sewer Enterprise Fund to cover the cost for the preliminary design of an expansion of the town’s sewer system along the northern corridor of Route 1, and all town roads east of Interstate 95.

Complete copies of the Town Meeting Warrant are posted at town buildings, including the library, police and fire stations, the post office, Hilton Center, the elementary school and Town Hall, where copies are available at the clerk’s office.

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