A look at Grafton’s Town Meeting warrant

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A look at Grafton’s Town Meeting warrant
Grafton’s Town Meeting will convene on May 13. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

GRAFTON – Here’s a look at the Annual Town Meeting warrant, which was closed by the Select Board on April 16.

There will be 43 articles on the warrant; the first 14 articles will be part of two consent agendas.

Residents will also vote on the operating budget for fiscal 2025 (a total of $75,776,967); capital budget (a total of $2,096 million); and several requests from the Community Preservation Committee.

Citizens petitions

The warrant will include five citizens’ petitions (articles 39-43):

  • A change to the town charter to modify the terms of the building inspector, wiring inspector and the inspector of gas appliances and gas fittings from indefinite terms to three-year appointments.
  • A change to the town charter to have the town administrator provide for an annual job performance review of town officers that shall, at least in summary, be a public record.
  • A change to the town charter to have town officers work full time at their offices, and not hold any other public office, elected or appointed, nor engage in any other business or occupation that overlaps with the town’s office hours.
  • A change to the town’s zoning bylaw to allow a for-profit, outpatient care via a site plan review in the town’s RMF district, commercial districts, industrial districts and village mixed-use districts.
  • A request for the town to accept Elmrock Drive as a public way.

Two debt exclusions

At Town Meeting, residents will decide on two debt exclusions:

Article 20 – A request for the town to approve a $10 million debt authorized by the Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional District School Committee to pay the costs of roof reconstruction and a replacement for energy-efficient rooftop HVAC units at Blackstone Valley Tech High School in Upton. Such debt approval by the town is contingent upon the district’s ability to secure grant approval from the Massachusetts School Building Authority Accelerated Repair grant program, or take any other action relative thereto.

Article 21 – A request for the town to appropriate $2.5 million to finance the purchase of a new fire truck for the Grafton Fire Department, with said appropriation to be met by borrowing, or take any other action relative thereto.

Both of these requests will be part of the annual Town Election ballot.

Town Meeting will convene on Monday, May 13, at the high school auditorium beginning at 7 p.m.

The entire warrant is available via https://grafton-ma.gov/1030/May-Annual-Town-Meeting-2024.

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