DRACUT — Dracutians have a busy week of voting ahead of them, with a packed agenda for Town Meeting on Monday and the election on Tuesday.
The warrant for Town Meeting includes 31 articles, although several are likely to be withdraw. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Dracut Senior High School auditorium.
Among the biggest decisions: Whether to free up $1.1 million to upgrade technology in the school district and town departments. Unlike the failed override attempt last year, the proposal would not raise taxes. The money would come from the free-cash account, which town officials say benefited from unexpected surpluses this year.
There is an added possibility that the capital expenditure — which could include fiber optic internet cables, a new phone system, computers, and servers — would be offset by a matching grant or loan that the Dracut Public Schools has applied for.
Another big-ticket item on the warrant is a request from the Community Preservation Commission to buy the development rights at 53 Avis Ave. for $750,000. The money would come from CPC funds, which can only be used for certain purposes such as affordable housing and preserving open space.
Other warrant articles include:
* An appropriation to begin designing a new Collinsville fire station.
* A proposal to begin leasing three parcels owned by the town to farmers, who would have to bid for the right.
* Creating a fee for residents to hold yard sales, and limiting the number of yard sales that can be held on any individual property in a year.
* Nearly a dozen rezoning proposals.
The complete Town Meeting warrant may be found at dracutma.gov.