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April 27, 2013

Groveland voters to consider land buys

Expanding Board of Selectmen also on warrant

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If residents approve the change Monday night, the board would then have to get state lawmakers to approve it.

If Monday’s meeting supports expanding the board, residents will have to vote on the issue through a ballot question, Town Clerk Anne Brodie said. That wouldn’t happen until next year, she said.

Medical marijuana center

Because Massachusetts voters approved such centers in the last election, operators of the centers can approach cities and towns with plans to move in.

Since the statewide vote, several Bay State communities have made zoning changes to keep the centers from moving in. Officials trying to block the centers have said they are concerned with the effect the centers would have on the image of their community, as well as residents’ quality of life.

The Town Meeting warrant includes an article calling for Groveland to review its zoning and be prepared in case such a center is proposed for the town. Selectman Bette Gorski said her board plans to table the article so it is not voted on at the meeting. She said town officials need more time to review the medical marijuana law.

Groveland will have its election May 6. Voters will decide on two contested races, one for selectmen and the other for Housing Authority.

Three candidates are running for the three-year selectman seat. They are Anthony Dalton, Kathleen Greaney and Joseph D’Amore. The seat becomes vacant when 18-year selectman William Darke steps down at the end of his term this spring.

Housing Authority incumbent Linda Anderson faces challenger Jay Collins in the election.

Although the town has two precincts, voters will cast ballots at one polling place — Town Hall, 183 Main St. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 6.

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