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Article 3 Debt Exclusion Article NOT a Prop 2 1/2 Override

This year’s Annual Town Meeting Warrant contains a borrowing article related to bridge repair on North Poland Road. This article contains language referring to a Proposition 2 1/2 debt exclusion ballot exclusion. Please note: THIS IS NOT a Prop 2 1/2 override!  A primer on Prop 2/12 is available at the Assessors Office or Town Office; or you may download one by clicking here: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/municipal-finance-legal-guidance-publications

Warrant for May 14 Town Meeting

The Select Board signed the warrant for the Monday, May 14 annual Town Meeting on Monday, April 9. Please click here to view it. Also, please note that there is a considerable difference between the amount for the budgeted reserve in the warrant and the amount that is going to be stated in the motion. The difference is for two reasons: one, a delayed calculation, and the other, an error in the original calculation. This does not change the amount residents will be taxed, and it also does not change the amount taken from any existing fund. The Community Preservation program is funded through a 3% surcharge on the property tax. (There are exemptions for properties under $100,000 and for seniors who file for exemption.) The figures below are based on that surcharge, as required by state law. The final amounts—which will be in the motion made for this article—will be close to the following:

  • $4,221 from FY 2018 Annual Revenues for Administration of the Community Preservation Committee;
  • $8,443 to the Community Preservation Historical Resources Reserve;
  • $8,443 to the Community Preservation Community Housing Reserve;
  • $8,443 to the Community Preservation Open Space Reserve; and
  • $54,880 to the Community Preservation Budgeted Reserve.

SPECIAL VOTER REGISTRATION CHANGE of HOURS

State law requires that towns with fewer than 1500 voters provide 3 hours of special voter registration to residents on the 20th day prior to annual town meeting. (We had 1420 active voters in Conway as of 01 April 18). Conway has traditionally offered an 11-hour session of voter registration on that last day to register; however, due to a vacancy on the Board of Registrars, notice is hereby given that the Board will reduce the number of special session hours for the 2018 Annual Meeting. The Registrar of Voters will be in session for 8 hours on TUESDAY, 24 APRIL 2018  from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Town Office Building at 32 Main Street for the purpose of registering new voters in preparation for the ANNUAL TOWN MEETING to be held on 14 May 2018  and for the ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION to be held on  17 May 2018. Party changes and any corrections for established voters may also be made at this time. You may also request a mail-in form from the town clerk.  All registration information must be postmarked prior to the April 24th deadline.

For a printable version of this notice please visit VOTER REGISTRATION

Conway Pre-Town Meeting Dessert Potluck and Discussion Monday, April 30

All Conway residents are invited to come to a pre-Town Meeting dessert potluck and discussion on Monday, April 30 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Conway Grammar School. Please bring a dessert to share that can be served on a napkin, serving utensils (if needed), and your own reusable cup/mug/spoon. Beverages will be provided. Residents who have information about particular warrant articles are encouraged to bring handouts.

The evening is an opportunity for discussion that is informal, nonpartisan, and without the time pressure often felt at Town Meeting. Residents are encouraged to come with questions about Town Meeting warrant articles, procedures, and definitions. There will be an opportunity to meet candidates for town office. The intent of the meeting is to help people be well-informed voters. Mary McClintock said, “These gatherings really help me have a better understanding of what we need to decide at Town Meeting. And the desserts are really yummy!”

For information: contact Ruth Parnall at [email protected], 489-3097, or Jim Recore at [email protected], 768-9939.

Health Board To Consider Restrictions Concerning the Sale of Tobacco Products to Under-21-Year-Olds

The Conway Board of Health will hold a public hearing on Monday, 23 April 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Town Hall, 5 Academy Hill, Conway, MA.  The purpose of the hearing is to present and receive comments regarding a regulation providing for the Restriction of the Sale of Tobacco Products to individuals under the age of 21 years.  This regulation is promulgated in accordance with, but not limited to, authority granted by MGL c. 111, § 31. The full text of the proposed regulation is available for inspection at the Conway Town Offices, 32 Main Street and at the Board of Health offices, 5 Academy Hill Rd. To request a digital copy, send an email to: [email protected]  with “Tobacco 21 policy” in the subject line. The file that you receive via email will be in a pdf format.

Board of Health to Hold Hearing On Sanitary, Safe Operation of Marijuana Establishments

The Conway Board of Health will hold a public hearing on Monday, 30 April 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Town Hall, 5 Academy Hill, Conway, MA to present and receive comments concerning a regulation to ensure the sanitary and safe operation of marijuana establishments. This regulation is promulgated in furtherance of the Board’s mission to protect, promote and preserve the health and well being of all town residents in accordance with, but not limited to, authority granted by MGL c. 111, § 31. The full text of the proposed regulation is available for inspection at the Conway Town Offices, 32 Main Street and at the Board of Health offices, 5 Academy Hill Rd. To request a digital copy, send an email to: [email protected]  with “Sanitary and Safe Marijuana” in the subject line. The file that you receive via email will be in a pdf format.

Germain Scholarship Applications Due April 20th

Applications for the Mark Boice Germain and Mildred Boice Germain Fund Scholarship for Academic Year 2018-2019 are available  on this website’s Forms and Downloads page, and may also be viewed and printed here: Germain-Schol-APPLIC-for-2018-19.

The scholarship was established to assist residents of Conway who have resided, or whose parents have resided, in Conway for two years prior to the date of application. Completed applications must be received by noon on Friday, April 20th, 2018 by the Conway Select Board, PO Box 240, Conway, MA 01341. Applicants will be notified in May.

Notary Public Services Available at Town Office

Assistant to the Town Administrator Lisa Turowsky is available to notarize documents at the Town Office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10am to 1pm. Signers should bring a government-issued identification card such as a driver’s license or passport for verification of identity.

Volunteers Needed — Ag Comm, Parks and Rec, Housing Committee & Others

Might you and your community benefit from you filling one of the following positions:

Contact Lisa Turowsky, [email protected] with questions or for more openings throughout the year.

State Apiary Program Offers Guidance, Assistance for Honey Beekeepers

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) has announced a program to promote and sustain honey beekeeping (apiculture). Contact the MDAR Apiary Program at 413-548-1905 or 857-319-1020, or email [email protected], with questions/concerns about honey beekeeping activities. Visit http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/agr/farm-products/apiary/ for more information about how the Apiary Program ensures the health of our honeybees.

Click here for a MDAR Apiary Program brochure: MDAR Apiary Program

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