Annual Town Meeting voters will decide if the town should establish a zoning district to encourage senior-focused communities. Voters will be asked to buy land, including land for a riverwalk and ballfields, and to spend millions on building renovations.
Superintendent Marinel McGrath has also requested $225,000 to conduct a school-facility space needs study, as the town considers adding more high school and preschool space.
But there are two notable issues missing from the warrant. One item missing is an article to change the plan for building the Cormier Youth Center (see Town Talk, page 20), which needs a vote for the plan to go forward. There is also no article seeking money to complete the Bancroft Elementary School, which would be needed if Special Town Meeting in February does not approve money for the construction project. Town Manager Buzz Stapczynski said he will ask selectmen to reopen the warrant to insert these articles.
Three private, resident-driven articles are also on the warrant: one to transfer land between the town and property owners on High Plain Road, one to raise $60,000 to fund a “streamgaging station” on the Shawsheen River to give an early warning of flooding, and one to raise $500,000 to update and renovate the existing Ballardvale Fire Station at the corner of Clark Road and Andover Street rather than replace it.
This year’s Annual Town Meeting will be held at the high school’s Collins Field House beginning Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m. Residents not already registered to particiate in the meeting can register at the town clerk’s office at the Town Offices on Bartlet Street.
ZONING PROPOSALS WILL MARK MEETING
Residents will be asked to vote on several potential zoning changes.
One such proposal is the creation of an “ID2” district. The plan will create additional uses for developers seeking to build on land near the town’s two Interstate 93 interchanges off Dascomb and River roads.