GRAFTON-- Grafton's annual Town Meeting is at 7:30 p.m. in the new Grafton High School auditorium. There are 30 articles on the agenda but just a handful will draw the most attention and, potentially, some controversy.
Perhaps the most contentious will be articles 13 and 14, which address the funding for facility upgrades in the municipal center and school buildings. Last week, the finance committee voted unanimously to not recommend its passage due to untested funding assumptions.
Article 27 will address whether Grafton should rejoin the Central Massachusetts Control project, a state supported agency that, if approved, will begin spraying neighborhoods next summer. This summer the number of people contracting West Nile Virus and EEE in Massachusetts had been the highest in record.
Article 28 will address, in detail, the newest electronic sign amendments. This might be hotly debated between the pro business advocates and a circle of residents who believe the signs will create suburban blight. Although the details said that electric signs are not permitted in residential neighborhoods, it does not address a buffer between industrial and retail zoned areas, and residential neighborhoods that abut each other.
Last, article 29 will address the proposed South Grafton Village mixed use zoning variance. This is a complex, 10-page warrant whose passage will dramatically reshape that neighborhood for perhaps generations.
A copy of the entire warrant is attached. Feel free to print it out and bring it to the meeting.