The most powerful way for Westford voters to directly impact how the Town is run and how our tax dollars are spent is to attend Town Meeting. And the best way to get the most out of Town Meeting is to attend the Town Meeting Preview.
The Annual Town Meeting will be held in person on Saturday, March 25, at 10:00 a.m. in the Westford Academy gymnasium, 30 Patten Road. Town Meeting is the legislative branch of Westford’s government, and all registered voters may attend, speak, and vote. Voter registration deadline for Town Meeting is Wednesday, March 15, at 5:00 p.m.
There are 24 articles on this year’s Annual Town Meeting warrant. Of particular note are Articles 6, 7, and 23.
Article 6 would appropriate $12.4 million for the construction of a new municipal building at 51 Main Street (site of the former fire station on the Common) contingent on voters’ approval of a debt exclusion.
Article 7 would appropriate $6.4 million to replace the roof on the Lloyd G. Blanchard Middle School, located at 14 West Street. The Town may be eligible for a school grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority.
Article 23 would request that the Select Board ensure the agricultural preservation restriction (APR) held by the Town on the land at 66-68 Boston Road – the Drew Garden property – be enforced.
During the Town Meeting preview on March 16, town officials will go over each item – or article – on the warrant, giving residents a chance to familiarize themselves before attending Town Meeting. More information about Town Meeting can be found on the town’s website at westfordma.gov/393
. The Town Moderator’s webpage, westfordma.gov/891
, offers even more details about Town Meeting.
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