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Town Meeting Begins Monday Night in Sudbury

The annual session kicks off at 7:30 p.m. inside the LSRHS auditorium.

Annual Town Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. inside the high school. (File Photo)
Annual Town Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. inside the high school. (File Photo)
Residents looking to have a say in town business will have the opportunity starting on Monday night.

Annual Town Meeting gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Monday inside the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School auditorium.

There are a total of 47 warrant articles on the docket for this year's meeting. Below are several key articles up for discussion.

Article 4
 asks residents to approve a Fiscal Year 15 budget of $84,928,030. That total is an increase over the Fiscal Year 2014 total of $83,719,917.

Included in that number is a proposed school operating budget of $60,357,278, which is up from $59,765,490 in Fiscal Year 2014.

Article 14 
asks Sudbury residents if they approve of the construction of a new police headquarters. A two-thirds majority vote is required after the first part of the process passed at the ballot box last month. The cost is expected to be about $7.5 million.

Article 15
 asks voters to support the purchase of ambulance and a fire engine to be used by the Sudbury Fire Department. In total, $685,000 would need to be approved by residents for the equipment to be purchased.

Article 23 
relates to construction at Nixon Elementary School. If approved, the town would borrow funds that would all it to participate in the Massachusetts School Building Authority's grant program in order to make partial roof, window and door replacements.

Article 32 
seeks a total amount no greater than $150,000 for the town to prepare a 25% design plan for the 4.4 miles of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in Sudbury.

Article 33 
asks residents for $150,000 that would allow for Sudbury officials to complete a Master Plan for the Melone gravel property. The town is hopeful that the land can be developed for rental housing that would count towards the town's goal of 10% affordable housing.

For a complete look at the warrant for this year's Annual Town Meeting, click here.

Will you attend Annual Town Meeting? Why or why not? What article are you most looking forward to discussing? Let us know in the comments section below.
Concerned Sudbury Parent May 05, 2014 at 12:59 PM
To be clear, the current estimate for a new police station is >$7.9M (not $7.5M) and that excludes design costs. It has already been suggested that a 10%+ cost increase coming only one month after the ballot question was either deliberate misrepresentation or incompetence. I will give them the benefit of the doubt it was the lesser infraction of incompetence. That said, who believes the costs will be kept under $8M? Was the Boston building boom - the reason given for the overrun - an unknown just a month ago? No doubt the proponents will be sowing fear, uncertainty, and doubt at town meeting to advocate for immediate approval before the costs go up even more. That is a false choice! Please VOTE NO on Article 14 and send them back to prepare a more moderate design in keeping with the real needs of the Sudbury Police Department. Anything else will send a message to town officials that it's OK to continue wasting taxpayer money.
Dave Dell May 05, 2014 at 06:24 PM
the project costs have changed dramatically. There was a material change in the terms, the ballot vote is invalid and was a misrepresentation. The project is far too large for the police work in town and the handful of people who work there at any time of day.

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