Voters at Wenham Special Town Meeting on Saturday will take up two of the same questions Hamilton voters did two weeks ago - whether to put a Proposition 2-1/2 debt exclusion override on the November ballot.
The meeting starts at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium at Buker Elementary School. A quorum of 54 registered voters are needed to conduct business.
A full copy of the Town Meeting warrant, with all six articles, is attached to this story as a PDF.
The most significant items are Article 4 and Article 5, which both ask voters to send two Proposition 2-1/2 debt exclusion overrides before voters on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Two weeks ago Hamilton Town Meeting voters nearly unanimously approved putting both measures on the ballot that would fund capital improvement projects for elementary schools in the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District.
One article, No. 4, includes funding for just one project, a new roof for Cutler Elementary School in Hamilton at a cost of $575,000. Since the project is expected to receive a 43 percent reimbursement from the state School Building Authority, it must be voted on separately.
The remainder of the School District’s capital improvements, totaling $1.5 million, is in Article 5. Some of the work included on the list that would improve energy efficiency is eligible for up to a 50 percent reimbursement from National Grid. If approved, it would also put the Proposition 2-1/2 debt exclusion override question before voters on the Nov. 6 ballot.
To pass, both measures require approval from two-thirds of voters at Town Meeting and then a majority of voters on the ballot.
Article 3 will be passed over, and was included in the event that the School District’s budget numbers had been approved by state officials and that $121,282 would be returned to the town to lower taxes.
Other articles ask for approval to pay $626 worth of bills from the past fiscal year and a request from the Community Preservation Committee to spend money to preserve gravestones in the Wenham Cemetery on Main Street.