Richmond annual town meeting preview
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Richmond Consolidated School, 1831 State Road (Route 41)
Though no action is needed at this meeting, voters will hear a progress report from the Municipal Building Committee on its study for a potential new 12,000-square-foot facility on town-owned land adjacent to the school, accommodating a relocated library, town offices and a community center. Details still need to be worked out, including cost estimates. A special town meeting would have to approve the building's concept and financing arrangements. Residents also will vote on a $7.28 million budget that would carry an estimated 3 percent increase in the property taxes — about $147 for the owner of a single-family home worth $410,000.
Noise control: A proposed bylaw would ban "excessive noise" between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. in residential neighborhoods, but would not prevent noise audible on undeveloped land. The Select Board would act on 90-day permit applications for noise levels exceeding limits detailed in the bylaw. Horn, sirens, other warning devices, snowplows and church bells would be exempt.
Solar bylaw: Additional options are proposed to develop solar energy systems of all sizes, including units on any accessory structure by right, subject to zoning district setbacks and height limits. A two-thirds majority is needed for passage.
Fire chief and inspector: Approval is sought to seek the state Legislature's permission to allow Steven Traver to serve beyond age 65 until June 30, 2023, unless he retires or is not reappointed by the board.
Fiscal 2020: $7,288,399
Increase: 4.3 percent
$3,499,554 for Richmond Consolidated School, an increase of 5.1 percent
$240,000 for a new ambulance
$100,000 for annual OPEB (municipal retiree benefits) contribution
$25,000 to purchase a storage shed for the Fire Department rescue boat
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