Special Town Meeting

Virginia Wells confers with her son, Select Board Chair Richard Wells.

Voters at the Special Town meeting cleared the way for the next stage of work to be done on the the town’s three fire stations, but sent another hotly debated item — the sale of the former Kidder branch library — back for more study.

After a lengthy debate, Town Meeting members also approved the creation of a school building committee to work on solutions for the growing overcrowding in the district’s four elementary schools. It approved a zoning bylaw amendment needed for the Wolcott Woods development to continue as is, but asked the Planning Board to do more work on proposed changes to a Traffic Impact Mitigation bylaw. And, voters also backed a change in the way the town handles bond premiums.

On Feb 25., the first night of the Special Town Meeting, members called it quits at 10:56 p.m. after an emotional debate that lasted nearly two hours on the sale of former Kidder Branch library building. The Select Board had limited the unusual February special meeting to six articles in hopes that it would be a one-night meeting to ease the burden on the Warrant Committee, which has already begun work on the annual Town Meeting set for May 6.

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