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April 29, 2014

The ayes have it at Special Town Meeting

All 19 special and 20 regular articles pass at Town Meeting

GROVELAND — The ayes had it all the way through the evening, as voters approved all 19 articles on the Special Town Meeting warrant, then passed another 20 articles that were before the regular annual Town Meeting.

Among other requests for money, the 190 voters who attended the Town Meetings approved spending $1,668,387 as the town’s share of boiler and roof repairs at Pentucket Middle School. Groveland, West Newbury and Merrimac make up the Pentucket Regional School District.

They also approved the town’s share of $2,200,000 for athletic field improvements at the regional schools. Voters agreed to a $13.9 million operating budget for the town for the fiscal year that will begin July 1.

Veteran Town Moderator Valerie Osborne called the Special Town Meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. In Groveland, a Town Meeting must draw at least 100 voters to transact business. The regular Town Meeting followed the special session.

The Special and regular Town Meetings adjourned after 2 ½ hours of deliberation, according to Town Clerk Anne Brodie.

A list of all articles on the Special Town Meeting and regular Town Meeting warrants follows. Every article passed.

Special Town Meeting

Article 1 – Rescind part of money approved at 2011 Town Meeting meeting for green repairs at Bagnall School, as it was not needed for project.

Article 2 – Reduce transfer voted at 2011 Town meeting to $213,867.

Article 3 – Transfer $10,000 from Conservation Commission fees to Conservation Commission expenses.

Article 4 – Vote additional transfer of $15,000 from Bagnall Summer Program Revolving Fund.

Article 5 – Authorize selectmen to accept a $200,000 grant for purchase of Mattingly property off Main Street.

Article 6 – Grant selectmen control of a local parcel of land.

Article 7 – Spend $1,668,387 for boiler and roof repairs at Pentucket Middle School.

Article 8 – Spend $1,400,000 for athletic fields improvements and purchases.

Article 9 – Spend $800,000 for athletic fields improvements and Pentucket Regional High School theater upgrade.

Article 10 – Amend $250,000 upgrade at Donaghue School so that money left over can be used for floor replacement at Sweetsir School. Both schools are in Merrimac.

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