Selectmen Give the OK for Special Town Meeting for Sept. 24

Vote on senior tax plan eyed for December during Special Town Election.

Thanks to the efforts of one Framingham resident, the Sudbury Board of Selectmen agreed to call for a Special Town Meeting for Sept. 24, which will then be followed by a Special Town Election in December as voters will decide whether to let lawmakers file legislation to eliminate unfunded mandates from federal and state governments and better control use of chemical plant treatments by utility companies.

Framingham resident Steven Hakar presented 300 signatures on Tuesday at Town Hall. Only 200 were required and Town Clerk Rosemary Harvell told the Selectmen and Town Manager Maureen Valente those signatures had been verified.

"(Hakar) has a right to petition," Vice Chairman Bob Haarde said. "It would really better serve for him to come before us."

Haarde and fellow Board member John Drobinski suggested trying to have Hakar attend a future meeting to "ask some questions."

Valente said having Special Town Meeting on Sept. 24 made the most sense with the State Primary and November general election approaching.

A vote on the Sudbury senior tax plan is being penciled in for a special election in December.

Harvell squashed the idea of adding a separate ballot during the November election, citing voter confusion and time constraints to make it happen.

"It's not impossible, but it's very, very difficult," she said.

According to Drobinski, Special Town Meetings are "about $10,000 a pop." So to cut costs, the Board agreed to hold a second vote on Sept. 24 on the Nixon Elementary School roof project.

The Massachusetts School Building Authority OK'd the roughly $700,000 cost.

Sudbury Public Schools Committee, which was represented by Lisa Gutch Wednesday night, is the only group with the authority to submit an article on the project.

"We can prepare what needs to be prepared to let people what we need to do for Nixon," she said.

Among the agenda items that were voted on Wednesday night and unanimously approved:

8. Vote to approve the amended Regular Session minutes of July 10 and the Regular and Executive Session minutes of July 31, 2012.

9. Vote Acting as co-trustees of Town Trust Funds, vote to accept the unaudited FY12 fourth quarter statements for the Pooled Town Trust Funds for the period ended June 30, 2012, and vote to accept the Pooled Trust Fund expenditure limits for FY13 as submitted by the beneficiaries and requested by Andrea Treeless, Finance Director, on August 7, 2012.

10. Vote/Sign Vote to appoint Election Officers for a one-year term commencing August 15, 2012, and ending on August 14, 2013, as recommended by the Democratic and Republican Town Committee Chairmen and the Town Clerk.

11. Vote to approve the award by Town Manager of a contract with Patriot Properties, Inc. to provide contract services for DOR-mandated triennial revaluation services, and as reviewed by Town Counsel. NOTE: This vote confirms the award by Town Manager on August 2.

12. Vote/Sign Vote to approve the award by Town Manager of a contract with CBE Technologies, under State Contract, for telephone system upgrade for the DPW and Library and the Cisco

13. Vote to approve a special permit to Harold Cutler for the Colonial Fair and Muster of Fifes and Drums to be held on the Wayside Inn grounds from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2012, subject to conditions and permits required by the Fire and Police Departments and the Board of Health.

14. Vote to accept, on behalf of the Town, a $1,000 donation to the Memorial Day Committee from Frank’s Pie Company, LLC in appreciation for permission to use the Town Hall parking lot on Thursday, July 19th, said funds to be expended under the direction of the Town Manager.


15. Vote to approve the award by the Town Manager of a contract for property tax assessor services pursuant to a Request for Proposals dated August 7, 2012 and as approved by Town Counsel.

JJoseph August 23, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Kdroop, The "people" are the ones who elected the officials. That is exactly the problem!! You and the rest of the Sudbury elected and appointed forget about the "people"... You are extremely arrogant in saying the "people" haven't paid attention. Which ones are you referring to. I have paid attention. Why don't you provide the names of the people that have not paid attention. What an arrogant statement. You should apologize to all the Sudbury residents you just insulted. You are the one who should really grow up.
SkimThreePercent August 23, 2012 at 08:51 PM
At Gettysburg Lincoln worried and wrote that "a government of the people, by the people, and for the people" might perish from the earth. It looks like the Sudbury insiders are well on the way toward these ends. Isn't this guy's petition having to do with fighting back against big government and the likes of Tom Conroy and his unfunded mandates? Why is anyone surprised that KDroop would be against sharing power with people other than her Lavender pals? See also Marbury vs. Madison and read about the mid-night judges and other shading dealings at the Federal level. No, let the people be involved in their governance.
Sudburytoo August 24, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Kdroop once again defending the Lavender gang. How appropriate. Water and Noodles for all! Long live Lavendergate!!!!! The Sudbury insiders have been exposed.
kdroop August 26, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Jjoseph, I am far from arrogant, I believe in inclusive governance. Your actions and comments only solidify your, skim, and sudburytoo'z position that the only opinions that truly matter are yours. My comment about people who 'don't pay attention' is aimed towards people who are busy, raising families, making a living, and don't particularly have an interest in government. There are many people like that, and I do not fault them for not being up on all aspects of the minutia in town government. I have always and will always freely speak my opinion here. You can try to bully me by using the old "Lavender" insult, I really don't care. I have no guilty conscience. I also have not ever been considered an insider. It is your arrogance to insinuate I have any ability to protect people, I just really care about Sudbury and the people in it. I have always been an advocate of education, open space and community. So, if that does not meet with your approval, so be it. Kirsten, how unfortunate you have such a bad tasted in your mouth about Sudbury, I always thought you had a lot to share, just never really understood the issues were so untenable. Thank you.
Pat Brown August 26, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Oops. My comments from August 17 referred to the 'Noyes' roof repair. As was stated in the article and in my August 16 post, it's actually the Nixon roof repair. Where I said Noyes, please replace with Nixon, and sorry for the error.


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