Special Town Meeting Scheduled
At their August 20 meeting, the Stoughton Board of Selectmen voted to close the warrant for a special Town Meeting to be held October 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Stoughton High Auditorium.
The warrant includes 13 articles.
Articles 1 and 2 are more or less placeholders - supplementing the FY14 departmental budgets and taking care of unpaid bills, if needed.
Articles 3-7 deal with collective bargaining with town unions that are still negotiating contacts, or settled their contracts after the conclusion of this year's regularly scheduled Annual Town Meeting (Stoughton Professional/Admin., Police Patrolman's Assoc., Public Works Assoc., Town Hall Employees Assoc., Local Firefighters 1512).
Articles 8-10 ask the town to amend some of its by-laws for purchase orders, capital outlay purchases and license fees to more align to provisions set forth in the Massachusetts General Laws.
Article 11 deals with clearing up title issues with the Jones School so work on the school which had been approved by previous Town Meetings can be completed.
Article 12 is for a Housing Production Plan as part of the town's master plan. Estimated cost is $10,000.
And finally, Article 13, submitted by Selectman T.J. Recupero, asks to fund the town's position concerning the South Coast Rail Project being proposed by the state, in order to pay legal fees, consulting fees, experts and analyses, and other related expenses that are necessary. Estimated cost is $150,000.
Don't Flush That!
Over the past several months, the town has experienced "a great number of problems" in its sewer pumping stations due to the high amount of disposable materials being flushed down toilets, DPW Superintendent John Batchelder wrote in a notice sent with water and sewer bills.
Examples of these items include baby wipes, disposable mop cloths (like Swiffer), dryer sheets, and disposable dust cloths.
The notice reads:
"Many of these items are marketed as biodegradable. They do not break down but instead get caught in the impellers of our sewer pumps causing them to stop. This turns into a major project as pumps have to be dismantled and the rags cut out. Please put these items in the trash instead of flushing them into the sewer system."
No Trash Collection on Labor Day
The following is from the Stoughton DPW:
On Monday, September 2, there will be no curbside trash collection in observance of Labor Day. Trash collection for Labor Day will be scheduled for Tuesday, September 3, in addition to the regular Tuesday collection. This is standard procedure for any holiday.
All rubbish and recyclables must be curbside by 7 a.m. on your collection day.
Recyclables must be separated as follows: (1) Commingled containers (glass, plastic, aluminum cans, and aluminum foil) and (2) curbside newsprint (newspapers, cardboard boxes, brown paper bags, magazines, phone books, inserts).
The DPW is now able to pick up tubeless TV’s and computer monitors with curbside trash but older TV’s and computer monitors with tubes (CRTs) cannot be picked up curbside and must be brought to the transfer station. Large household appliances (metal items) must be called into the Public Works for appointment for pickup.
The Transfer Station is open every SUNDAY from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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