Stoughton's Special Town Meeting considered 13 articles at Wednesday night at the high school. Town meeting members didn't vote on all the articles as some were continued.
Here's the "scoreboard" from the meeting.
Articles 1 and 2 are more or less placeholders - supplementing the FY14 departmental budgets and taking care of unpaid bills, if needed. Articles passed.
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). Article 3 is defeated. Articles 4-7 were postponed until the spring town meeting as negotiations hadn't been completed.
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. Articles failed.
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. There were an issue with the title from the 1870s that had to be cleared up so National Grid could proceed with the work. Article passed, 81-0.
Article 12 is for a Housing Production Plan as part of the town's master plan. Estimated cost is $10,000. Passed.
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. Voted yes