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Merrimack Valley

December 30, 2012

Deadlines approaching for Town Meeting articles

Voters on Feb. 11 to consider more Bancroft construction funds


The other article seeks to raise $60,000 for a water level gauging system on the Shawsheen River at Balmoral Street, by Shawsheen Square, according to Murphy.

Anybody else hoping to put an idea to the voters only has a few weeks left to act, and Murphy said they should touch base with him soon.

“We encourage them to come in and talk about the process, but the papers are available on the town website,” Murphy said.

Voters at this year’s annual town meeting will hear from a number of town boards and departments seeking residential approval for their plans.

Two requests for proposals are currently running for private land owners who are looking to sell their land to the town for either a new Ballardvale Fire Station or Town Yard.

For both of those RFPs, any favorable offers could come before Town Meeting voters, according to Stapczynski.

“We’d have to see how that process goes,” Stapczynski said. “There’s a remote possibility there could be a warrant article for the acquisition of a site. Remote as it is, we’re in the process.”

A separate Annual Town Meeting article is expected to test the waters for changing the existing Town Yard’s zoning on Lewis Street to a form of residential, commercial or mixed use zoning.

A variety of other projects that make up Stapczynski’s capital improvement plan will also appear before the town.

The total value of all the projects is around $10.5 million, and they include work at area schools, land acquisitions and more. Each project will require some form of debt to pay for them.

While each project will get its own discussion, the real focus is, “where are the town’s priorities? And how much debt is acceptable?” Stapczynski said. “That’s really going to be the debate.”

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