I think we might need to crowdsource a reading of the Wellesley Town Warrant to get a full appreciation of its 42 articles set for discussion at Wellesley’s rendition of March Madness — Annual Town Meeting — set to begin March 25. But I’ve taken a quick read through with my non-lawyerly, non-consultancy, non-building contractor eyes, and here are some of the highlights and surprises (see the whole document below):
As always, debate will center around how much the town will spend and on what. The big bucks (millions to tens of millions) go toward operating the Public Works, Municipal Light Plant and other Wellesley staples. Smaller bucks ($50K) are the subject of Article 12 to go towards balers, compactors or other Recycling & Disposal equipment. Article 18 seeks to secure funds to refurbish the main branch of Wellesley Free Library, and the sometimes forgotten Wellesley Middle School and its aging plant are the topic of Articles 19 and 20. The Sprague turf fields and buying a new fire truck are also on the docket.
Among the more unusual items on the agenda will be appropriation of funds from the Commonwealth Transportation Infrastructure Fund to explore the impact of Uber, Lyft, etc. (i.e., “network transportation services”) on the town’s roads, bridges and so forth. With the MBTA continuing to jack up fares, it’s possible ride-sharing services will become even more popular among residents.
The most exhaustive articles, 31 and 32, respectively, tackle off-street parking and outdoor lighting. Tables and diagrams galore. Know your Foot-Candle from your Sky Glow.
I’m sure we’re overlooking a few gems that will spark robust conversation. Feel free to share your insights in the comments section.