Stoughton Town Meeting members should mark their calendars for Dec. 2 after selectmen scheduled a special Town Meeting on that date.
The board opened the Warrant at its Oct. 1 meeting. Town Meeting members have seven days to propose articles to add. The Warrant is expected to close on Oct. 15.
The main reason for the special Town Meeting is a request for $126,000 from the School Department to enhance safety features in the public schools, according to chair Bob O’Regan,
“My experience is that alone is a serious enough reason to call a special Town Meeting,” O’Regan said, noting the serious incidents across the country in recent months.
The expansion of the downtown zoning district also will be an item on the Warrant, Town Manager Robin Grimm said, as well as the supplemental 2020 budget to pay any non-paid bills.
“Another item will be from the Stoughton Redevelopment Authority to put a solar array over the landfill cap,” she added. “Part of the agreement with the credit manager is that it has to go before Town Meeting.”
There also may be an article from the Department of Public Works for a capital purchase to pretreat and seed the surrounding lands.
The date of Dec. 2 was chosen because it is after Thanksgiving but before the holiday season. It couldn’t be held on Dec. 9 because it would conflict with the fall sports award banquet at Stoughton High School.
Selectman Steve Cavey proposed the amendment, which was approved by a 4-0 vote. Selectman Christine Howe was absent.
In an additional note, Grimm added there will be reconstruction on the third floor of Town Hall, which will shift meetings and offices downstairs. That money is coming from the facilities budget, she said.