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May 15, 2014

Newbury Town Meeting to act on 29 articles Tuesday

NEWBURY – Adoption of the Community Preservation Act, a lease purchase for a new pumper truck for the fire department, and a $17 million operating budget for next year are three of the 29 articles appearing on a warrant for the Annual Town Meeting next week.

The meeting is slated for May 20 at 7 p.m. in the Newbury Elementary School on Hanover Street. Two articles on a Special Warrant will be taken up that night as well. A quorum of 40 is needed to take action on the agenda.

There are also requests to make the fish commissioner an appointed –rather than an elected—position; to adopt a new zoning bylaw governing the distribution of medical marijuana; to allow Robert Haynes, Wayne Reetz, and Edward Sterns to serve on the fire department past the age of 65 years; and to direct the state to convey a 4-acre parcel of land on Moody Street to Richard and Pauline Boudreau. The Boudreaus made the property their home for 45 years ago, only to discover that as a result of a land taking back in 1945, it is technically owned by the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

In its annual report, the Capital Planning Committee recommends spending $140,000 to purchase and equip a wheeled excavator, $55,000 to initiate a lease/purchase agreement for a pumper for the fire department with a total purchase price not to exceed $450,000, $36,000 for structural fire gear, $59,410 for repairs to the public library, and $35,000 for a boat for the Harbormaster.

However, it is recommending voters hold off on, and revisit next year, requests for $7,800 to repair the fire alarm system and $37,000 to repair Grange Hall.

Newbury Annual Town Meeting

May 20

Article 1 – To act on reports of town boards and committees

Article 2 – $16,417,182 from raise and appropriate and $622,016 for the fiscal year 2015 operating budget

Article 3 — $50,000 for the Stabilization Fund

Article 4 — $25,000 for Other Post Employment Benefits

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