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April 22, 2013

Three citizen's petitions on Town Meeting warrant

Salisbury Town Notebook
Angeljean Chiaramida

---- — 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.

On April 30, at Salisbury’s spring election, voters will consider approving an override question that would authorize the town to issue about $3.2 million in bonds to build the new library. The bonds would constitute the town’s share of the $7 million building project, which will be funded by an additional $3.8 million in state grant money.

Tomorrow’s forum will consist of a short presentation on the many years of research, grant writing and planning that has gone into the new library project. Also to be discussed is the plan to finance the local share of the project, including the override question.

For more information on the library construction project, visit salisburylibrary.org, and click on the “construction zone” link.

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Those planning to have boating in their future this summer may want to consider taking the upcoming Massachusetts Boating Basic course offered next month in Salisbury at the Boys and Girls Club, 18 Maple St.

The free course includes five evening sessions — May 7, 9, 14, 16, and June 2 — running from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Registration is required and can be accomplished online at www.mas.gov/ole. Click on “Board and Recreational Vehicle Safety Bureau.

This course is provided through the coordinated efforts of the Massachusetts Environmental Police and Salisbury harbormaster’s office. Offered free of charge, the purpose of the course is to foster safe boating operation by providing information on required safety equipment, safe boating practices and legal responsibilities.

Students must be at least 12 years old, and youth 12 through 15 who successfully complete the course will be issued a safety certificate allowing them to operate a motorboat without adult supervision, as required by state law.

This course will also satisfy the state requirements for personal watercraft users who are 16 or 17 years of age. All graduates will be issued a safety certificate. Taking the class as a family is encouraged.

To view the current course listings or to join the mailing list, visit http://www.mass.gov/ole.

To contact the Massachusetts Environmental Police Boat and Recreation Vehicle Safety Bureau by phone, call 508-564-4961.

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Angeljean Chiaramida covers Salisbury for the Daily News. She can be reached at achiaramida@newburyportnews.com or at 978-462-6666, ext. 3271.