By John Anderson
The Special Town Meeting held every fall is in many ways more important than the Annual Town Meeting held in May. In the fall, the final numbers for state reimbursements are known, accounts can be cleaned up, new needs can be addressed, and, most importantly, the town budget can be finalized. It is also the time to decide how much money Auburn can put in the bank to further improve its financial standing.
Of the 23 articles on the warrant, eight were proposed by the School Committee. Five are for Capital Improvement transfers so the town has the funding in place for roof and boiler replacements at the current middle school and for roof replacement at Bryn Mawr School. As part of the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s Accelerated Repair Program, the town must have sufficient money on hand for its share of the requested improvements. If approved, the town will save about $1 million on repairs that are needed.
DPW Director Bill Coyle has ten articles that range from CIP changes to meet equipment needs to street acceptances for the remaining portion of West View St. and Santom Street. Town Manager Julie Jacobson is asking for permission to act on agreements and/or contracts to reduce the electric costs for both the residents and the town. She is also proposing a move of $200,000 into the Stabilization Fund from Overlay Surplus.
All elected Town Meeting Members are asked to be in the high school auditorium by 7:00 PM so the meeting can commence on time. With no controversial articles on the warrant, this will hopefully move along quickly.