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April 22, 2013

Three citizen's petitions on Town Meeting warrant

The warrant for Spring Town Meeting closed Friday, meaning it was the last day citizens could file petition articles for the May 20 meeting.

According to town officials, there were three petition articles filed. The first was filed by Raymond and JoAnn Whitley and 14 other registered voters who would make a change to the town’s zoning, allowing the raising and keeping of livestock, horses and poultry for commercial use in the Commercial 2 zoning district in town, instead of allowing such activities only by special permit. The amendment excludes raising of swine or fur animals for commercial use.

The second petition was filed by Mitchell Makarewicz and 27 other registered voters and requests the use of actual water meter readings for the billing of water and sewer fees, instead of EQRs (equivalent residential unit). The petition also requests Town Meeting vote to eliminate any water and sewer fees for seasonal residents when meters are removed, as well as any charge for meter removal.

The third petition was filed by Keven Henderson and 12 registered voters and would require a two-thirds vote of Town Meeting before town officials, boards or commissions can establish any new policy or enforce any exisitng policy.

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Tomorrow, ValleyWorks Career Center will host its 3rd Annual Regional Job Fair at Salisbury Beach’s Blue Ocean Music Hall, located at Ocean Front North.

Dozens of the region’s employers will be on hand to collect resumes and speak with job seekers. Included are some of the area’s largest companies — Raytheon, Home Depot, Anna Jaques Hospital, Enpro Services, SigSauer, Cianbro, Edward Jones, Aflac, Metro Credit Union, as well as employment services and educational institutions.

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Also tomorrow, town officials will present a forum on the proposed expansion for the Salisbury Public Library. The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Colchester Auditorium on the second floor at Town Hall.

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