AYER -- Selectmen approved and closed their six-point warrant for Special Fall Town Meeting on Monday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.

Articles include:

* The transfer of care, custody and maintenance of the former Central Fire Station to the Board of Selectmen. If passed, the town "will transfer the care, custody, maintenance and control of the town owned land and improvements or disposal of the building to the control of the BOS."

The Fire Station Re-Use Committee issued a Request for Proposals for the sale or lease of the building. There were no responses. Passing the article would allow the BOS to sell the property with all proceeds going into the town's General Fund.

This article must be passed by a two-thirds majority vote.

* The acceptance of Easy Street becoming a public way.

This article must be passed by a simple majority vote.

* An appropriation from the town of $72,000 from the Wastewater Enterprise Fund Surplus for replacing the Crabtree Wastewater Pumping Station.

Although the cost brought to the board was for $64,538, DPW Superintendent Mark Wetzel requested the additional funds for a 10 percent contingency. Selectman Chairwoman Pauline Conley pointed out that 10 percent added to the amount would be closer to $70,000.

The board approved the article for $70,000 for the declining state of the pumping station.

This article must be passed by a simple majority vote.

* The adoption of MGL Chapter 40, Section 8G (Police Mutual Aid).


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This allows the town to participate in certain Police Mutual Aid Agreements.

This article must be passed by a simple majority vote.

* A transfer from capital stabilization for a town-wide telephone upgrade for $45,000. This would update the systems for the DPW, library, Police Department and Town Hall.

This article must be passed by a two-thirds majority vote.

* The transfer article from the BOS salary to the Information Technology Departmental budget for a computerized video screen and stand for Town Hall.

The BOS salary amount is $2,506 to go to the IT department budget. Additionally, the sum of $4,000 from Capital Stabilization will also be requested to fund the tool. The computerized video screen is called a Mondopad and has the capacity for video, audio, video-conferencing, Internet access and various other presentations.

Although the article was approved by selectmen, Selectman Gary Luca feels it could wait until the spring Town Meeting. Other selectmen feel this tool is a necessity to bring the board up to date as well as to assist in conference calls or remote participation during selectmen's meeting times.

This article must have a two-thirds vote.

Fall Town Meeting will be at Town Hall in the Great Hall.

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