a breakdown of the warrant
The Winchester Town Meeting is back on Monday November 1st at 7pm and will be held virtually again due to COVID-19.
City assembly members will attend and vote by logging into Zoom and the online voting module of the electronic voting provider Option Technologies. Other residents who wish to follow the process can do so via WinCam; Channels 9 Comcast and 37 Verizon.
The draft arrest warrant has been published and 31 articles are up for debate. Here is a list of some of the more notable items. All of these articles received a favorable action recommendation from the Special Committee during its last meeting.
This is a developing story. Look back for a full list of items and votes after the town council.
A breakdown of the warrant
Article 9: Real Estate Transaction – Washington and Swanton Streets
This article would replace and replace article 12 of the autumn 2020 annual city assembly that was previously adopted.
The item enables the selected board of directors to purchase three lots at 278-292 Washington St. and 12 and 16-20 Swanton St. for affordable housing. The acquisition can be made by purchase, donation, Eminent Domain or other options.
The difference to the article from last year is the amount of money that the selection committee asks. Last year it was $ 3,150,000, and this year’s article calls for approval of up to $ 5,300,000 that can be borrowed or borrowed.
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Article 14: Reasonable money for transfer station improvements
The Selection Committee and Capital Planning Committee tabled this article asking if the city is providing funding to complete the capital improvements at the transfer station.
Previous reports indicate that the transfer station is in need of several critical improvements, including the demolition and removal of the incinerator. The reconstruction of the transfer station, the removal of the pollution and the purchase of new equipment are also proposed.
The article also asks how the funds for this project would be used, whether through borrowing or transferring from available funds. Previous estimates for any capital improvements required were approximately $ 6.5 million.
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Article 25: Borrowing Approval for the Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School
This article asks the city to approve the Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School District Committee approved borrowing of $ 317,422,620 to pay for the construction of a new school and sports facility at 100 Hemlock Road in Wakefield.
The school serves students from 12 different communities, including Winchester, and the cost of building a new school would be shared among those communities. School principals say the current 50-year-old building has outlived its expected life and needs ADA accessibility and code compliance updates.
Winchester’s estimated share of the debt is approximately $ 2,725,721, which could be reduced to approximately $ 1,516,220 if grants are received from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA).
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Article 26: Reasonable money for multipurpose meal at Mystic School
Recreation Director Nick Cacciofi recently suggested to the Board of Trustees the idea of renovating the dilapidated sports field in the Mystic Building at 263 Main Street with a new multipurpose space that could generate revenue and accommodate new programs such as childcare.
The Leisure Department has built up retained earnings of $ 245,000, but these funds can only be used for capital projects through a vote in the city council. This article would provide $ 25,000 of free money for engineering services to design and build the new sports field, which would accommodate basketball, volleyball, tennis, pickle ball, and street hockey.
Article 29: Petition to the court for special legislation – sustainability
If approved, the special committee would apply to the court to apply for special legislation that would allow the city to levy a building permit surcharge to finance sustainability initiatives. The article would also set up a special revenue fund to collect these fees.
The surcharge would apply to any construction that requires a building permit or exceeds a minimum construction value to be determined by the selection committee.
The money generated by the surcharge would be used at the direction of the city administrator to support the city’s environmental sustainability efforts. This could include buying renewable energy infrastructure, funding studies or monitoring greenhouse gas emissions, and keeping an urban sustainability director.
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The city’s finance committee recommended that the item be removed from this year’s budget, but it was approved during the spring assembly and the city’s new sustainability director, Ken Pruitt, started this month.