ALS Study Committee & Affordable Housing Trust at ATM
The town posted a summary of the votes on each warrant article at last Monday’s annual town meeting (ATM) (20170424-Warrant_votes_2017) .
On the only two substantially disputed warrant articles, my own estimate of the votes was that the warrant article:
- #15 about ALS had the ATM voting about 80% against giving $500,000 to the selectmen to implement ALS as it saw fit in the next year if the selectmen felt it was needed – a clear mandate that the residents wants to make that decision themselves, rather than delegate it. ALS will now go to the study committee that both the Warrant Committee and selectmen recommended; and
- #17 about funding the Affordable Housing Trust with a $1m. bond had the ATM voting about 80% in favor. Those monies will provide the town a financial tool to use to create affordable housing, in its efforts to get to 10% affordable housing and to therefore eliminate unfriendly 40B’s. The town needs about 139 more affordable housing units to reach that 10% threshold, or about 160 if one considers the likely increase in housing units in town to be needed after the 2020 census.
Residents interested in serving on either the newly created ALS Study Committee or the just created Affordable Housing Trust should contact Evelyn Clarke (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make his or her interest known.