Thanks to the efforts of one Framingham resident, the Sudbury Board of Selectmen agreed to call for a Special Town Meeting for Sept. 24, which will then be followed by a Special Town Election in December as voters will decide whether to let lawmakers file legislation to eliminate unfunded mandates from federal and state governments and better control use of chemical plant treatments by utility companies.
Framingham resident Steven Hakar presented 300 signatures on Tuesday at Town Hall. Only 200 were required and Town Clerk Rosemary Harvell told the Selectmen and Town Manager Maureen Valente those signatures had been verified.
"(Hakar) has a right to petition," Vice Chairman Bob Haarde said. "It would really better serve for him to come before us."
Haarde and fellow Board member John Drobinski suggested trying to have Hakar attend a future meeting to "ask some questions."
Valente said having Special Town Meeting on Sept. 24 made the most sense with the State Primary and November general election approaching.
A vote on the Sudbury senior tax plan is being penciled in for a special election in December.
Harvell squashed the idea of adding a separate ballot during the November election, citing voter confusion and time constraints to make it happen.
"It's not impossible, but it's very, very difficult," she said.
According to Drobinski, Special Town Meetings are "about $10,000 a pop." So to cut costs, the Board agreed to hold a second vote on Sept. 24 on the Nixon Elementary School roof project.
The Massachusetts School Building Authority OK'd the roughly $700,000 cost.
Sudbury Public Schools Committee, which was represented by Lisa Gutch Wednesday night, is the only group with the authority to submit an article on the project.
"We can prepare what needs to be prepared to let people what we need to do for Nixon," she said.
Among the agenda items that were voted on Wednesday night and unanimously approved:
8. Vote to approve the amended Regular Session minutes of July 10 and the Regular and Executive Session minutes of July 31, 2012.
9. Vote Acting as co-trustees of Town Trust Funds, vote to accept the unaudited FY12 fourth quarter statements for the Pooled Town Trust Funds for the period ended June 30, 2012, and vote to accept the Pooled Trust Fund expenditure limits for FY13 as submitted by the beneficiaries and requested by Andrea Treeless, Finance Director, on August 7, 2012.
10. Vote/Sign Vote to appoint Election Officers for a one-year term commencing August 15, 2012, and ending on August 14, 2013, as recommended by the Democratic and Republican Town Committee Chairmen and the Town Clerk.
11. Vote to approve the award by Town Manager of a contract with Patriot Properties, Inc. to provide contract services for DOR-mandated triennial revaluation services, and as reviewed by Town Counsel. NOTE: This vote confirms the award by Town Manager on August 2.
12. Vote/Sign Vote to approve the award by Town Manager of a contract with CBE Technologies, under State Contract, for telephone system upgrade for the DPW and Library and the Cisco
13. Vote to approve a special permit to Harold Cutler for the Colonial Fair and Muster of Fifes and Drums to be held on the Wayside Inn grounds from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2012, subject to conditions and permits required by the Fire and Police Departments and the Board of Health.
14. Vote to accept, on behalf of the Town, a $1,000 donation to the Memorial Day Committee from Frank’s Pie Company, LLC in appreciation for permission to use the Town Hall parking lot on Thursday, July 19th, said funds to be expended under the direction of the Town Manager.
15. Vote to approve the award by the Town Manager of a contract for property tax assessor services pursuant to a Request for Proposals dated August 7, 2012 and as approved by Town Counsel.