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Bylaw Changes and Septic System Program Part of Special Town Meeting

Bylaw changes, housekeeping transfers, and a low cost septic system upgrade program are what voters will decide on during Mendon's June 6 Special Town Meeting. The meeting was originally scheduled for May 23 but was rescheduled for June 6. The 13 article warrant will be voted on at Miscoe Hill School auditorium and begin at 7 p.m.

The first article concerns the town taking part in the state's Water Pollution Abatement Trust Program, which will allow low-interest financial assistance to residents in need of upgrades to their septic systems. Mendon would borrow $400,000 from the Trust, which would then allow residence to borrow funding from that trust and pay it back over a 20-year period with a nominal interest fee. If passed, the program would be overseen by the Board of Health.

The next several articles include housekeeping money transfers. Article 2 is an $800 transfer to the Planning Board for hearing and publication costs. Article 3 is a $2,000 transfer to the street light account due to rising costs and continued cuts to that budget. Article 4 is a $14,000 transfer to Town Hall utilities to fund additional fuel and electrical costs. Article 5 is for a $175 transfer needed for additional postage costs. Article 6 is a transfer of Community Preservation Act funding of $7,000 for closing costs for purchasing the Paddock Land, including a survey of the property, filing fees, town counsel fees, and setting up a conservation restriction on the property. And Article 7 is a request to transfer $2,500 to the Medicare Expense line item.

A number of the remaining articles on the warrant concern bylaw changes; the majority of which are being made in order for Mendon to receive a Green Community designation, which will then allow the town to seek grants for energy efficient projects.

One such article is to adopt a more up to date Site Plan Review Bylaw, which will permit the Planning Board to govern commercial projects. According to Planning Board Chair Bill Ambrosino, "The new bylaw protects the town without being overprotective." If passed, a number of new structures will require a site plan review including new residential and commercial buildings, among others

Article 10 is requesting to place large-scale ground-mounted solar photovoltaic facilities on specific parcels of land on Bellingham St., Harrington St, and Milford St. Another bylaw change concerning the Green Community title is asking voters to adopt the Stretch Energy Code to regulate the construction and design of new buildings in an effort to make them more energy efficient.

Article 13 is a bylaw change but is not associated with the Green Communities designation. It is requesting to expand a portion of the Fino property, consisting of approximately 27.56 acres located off Milford Street, to a business district.

The complete text of all bylaw changes and other articles on the Special Town Meeting warrant can be found on the town's Web site at www.mendon.ma.net




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