DARTMOUTH — The 21 articles for Town Meeting range from preservation projects to school upgrades to solar energy.
Two articles were withdrawn: the Lake Noquochoke conveyance and the transfer of the salt marsh portion of Round Hill Beach, the latter of which was controversial.
Town Meeting members will consider them starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the high school. Today, we give a quick overview of each article. To view the complete warrant, visit the town’s website (https://www.town.dartmouth.ma.us/town-clerk/pages/2017-fall-town-meeting-warrant).
Articles 1-3: These are submitted by the Community Preservation Committee. The first article is for $150,000 to be allocated between the Housing Reserve and the Historic Preservation Reserve. Second, $73,400 for the Apponagansett Pavilion II project. The third is for $291,670 for phase five of the Dartmouth Regional Park and Trails project, which has an article of its own.
Article 4: This article seeks $691,670 for phase five of the construction of the Dartmouth Regional Parks and Trails Project. This includes installing electric service to the park and lighting for the multi-purpose field. In addition, it’s for the development of a dog park including site work, electrical and water connections, drainage, fencing and paths and benches.
Article 5: Some of the big ticket items in the Fiscal Year 2018 Capital Plan are $950,000 for phase two of Town Hall exterior repairs and window replacement, $188,800 for energy efficiency improvements in multiple schools, $250,000 for design and engineering of the Padanaram Bridge swing span replacement and $900,000 for road maintenance and improvements.
Article 6: $700,000 from surplus revenue and $8,162,196 from borrowing to fund the construction of a new library at 211 Cross Road. The existing North Dartmouth branch on Tucker Road is slated for demolition for a road realignment project by the state Department of Transportation.
Articles 7-8: Article 7 seeks to appropriate and transfer $125,000 from surplus revenue to supplement the Stabilization Fund. Article 8 is to see if members would vote to transfer $30,000 from the FY 2018 Streetlight Expense account to supplement a Stabilization Fund for streetlight upgrades and replacement.
Articles 9-10: To appropriate $75,000 from water enterprise revenues to cover “unforeseen costs to dispose of water filter media” to supplement the FY 2018 operating budget of the Water Department Enterprise Fund. Article 10 asks the town to consider $1,040 for the Emergency Management Agency to cover the cost of equipping trailers.
Article 11: Vote to acquire the noted sidewalk easement on Bridge Street either by gift, purchase or eminent domain.
Article 12: This article seeks to authorize the general by-laws and Town Charter be put in a searchable database online.
Article 13: If approved, it would allow the Select Board to accept about two acres of land on Faunce Corner Road for municipal purposes from Long Built Homes, Inc.
Article 14: This article seeks to add a non-criminal fine of $300 per violation, with each day of a continuing violation to constitute a separate finable offense, of Dartmouth Prohibited Products Regulations.
Article 15: If approved, the Sister City Delegation Committee is to have nine members to serve varied terms of one to three years, appointed by the Select Board to develop, encourage and promote social, economic, business, civic, educational and cultural exchange between the town and its sister cities.
Article 16: It seeks to accept Cedar Dell Way as a public roadway.
Article 17: Authorize the Select Board to sell the Old Southworth Library at 404 Elm St.
Articles 19-21: Three detailed articles seek to amend zoning by-laws by adding a multi-family overlay district, revising the parking table and adding a section on signs.
Article 22: This article seeks to authorize the Select Board to negotiate the terms and conditions and enter into a lease, license or other contractual agreement of no more than 30 years to allow installment of “solar energy generating facilities” at the Council on Aging and the future Dartmouth Police Station.
Articles 18 & 23 were withdrawn prior to finalizing the warrant.
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