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Mendon Voters Facing Several Debt Exclusion Votes

Mendon candidates continue to return their completed nomination papers for the Annual Town Election scheduled for May 17. In all, 12 offices are up for re-election. In addition to voting for various candidates, residents will be asked to cast their vote supporting or opposing several debt exclusion ballot questions. All debt exclusions require two votes; the first will take place during Mendon's Annual Town Meeting on May 6 and will then proceed to the May 17 election ballot.

One debt exclusion vote is for a $966,789 Proposition 2½ operational override to help bridge the financial shortfall of the regional schools and the town's operating budget. Another school related Prop 2½ override, this time for a debt exclusion, will be placed on the town meeting warrant and ballot for $884,284 to pay Mendon's share of a $3.994 million project to replace the windows, roof and boilers at Miscoe Hill School. Selectmen have also discussed placing two Prop. 2½ debt exclusion overrides on the ballot and warrant—one is for a $120,000 sidewalk for the town and the second for $40,000 to fund an air purification system for the Highway Department Barn.

The project at Miscoe Hill is part of the Massachusetts School Building Authority's grant program, which will fund 51 percent of the $3.994 million project as long as Mendon and Upton fund a share based on each towns' student population at the school. School officials stated they would know for certain by March 31 if the MSBA grant would be awarded but were cautiously optimistic.

Mendon's share, $884,284, is based on its student population (45.57 percent) this year at Miscoe and therefore could change somewhat should the number of students increase or decrease. Upton residents will also be voting on a debt exclusion article and ballot question for its share of $1,056,211during its election and Town Meeting in May.

Also on Mendon's election ballot is a long list of incumbents running uncontested who have completed and returned nomination papers including Lawney Tinio for the Board of Selectman, Alan Tetreault for Highway Surveyor, John Grenga for the Board of Health, Vincent Cataldo for Water Commissioner, Bruce Tycks for Assessor, and Susan Darnell for Library Trustee; all offices are three-year terms. Incumbent Jay Byer is also running for the one-year Town Moderator as is William Ambrosino who is running for Planning Board for five years.

Newcomer Liana Moore is running for Mendon Upton Regional School Committee for three years.

Offices currently without candidates include Parks Commissioner for three years, another Taft Public Library Trustee for three years, and the Housing Authority for five years.

April 14 is the last day candidates may withdraw from the election.

The May 17 Annual Town Election will take place at Miscoe Hill School. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Residents who wish to register to vote in the Town Election or the Annual Town Meeting must do so by April 15. The Town Clerk's office will be open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on that day to register voters. The last day to obtain an absentee ballot is May 16 at noon.

Residents who have questions or concerns on their registration status should call the Town Clerk's office at 508-473-1085 before April 15, or e-mail townclerk@mendonma.net.




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