By John Anderson
On Tuesday night, Auburn’s elected town meeting members will tackle 20 articles at the fall Special Town Meeting. With state aid confirmed, employee contracts settled, and department budgets adjusted, the town will have a budget of $57,857,933.37 for FY2017 which ends next June 30th.
The Auburn School Committee has six articles with three devoted to the roof repair at Pakachoag School. They hope to re-purpose capital improvement funds to pay the town’s portion of the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s Accelerated Repair Program.
The town manager is asking to appropriate $600,000 to the Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) Liability Trust Fund. All cities and towns in the Commonwealth have potential future costs for retired employees, and Auburn is one of only a handful that are setting money aside in case a need arises. Having money in this fund also shows wise financial management when the town is reviewed for selling municipal bonds. Likewise, the town will aside money in the Stabilization Fund for unanticipated expenses.
The town manager is also asking for authorization from town meeting to dispose of the Mary D. Stone and Julia Bancroft school buildings by sale or lease since neither could be reasonably reused by the town.
Three zoning bylaw modifications require town meeting approval including the standards for Registered Marijuana Dispensaries. The town was granted a one-year delay so they could develop appropriate regulations, and those requirements were recently completed with the one year period.
The police chief has two articles pertaining to criminal background checks for employees, volunteers and even door-to-door solicitors. Most of the modifications are after a review by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the articles are for checks with fingerprints and simple CORI’s.
This meeting should proceed quickly since the controversies are minimal. It will start at 7:00pm in the high school auditorium.