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Medical Marijuana

Erving voters OK pot moratorium

Approve all items on special town meeting agenda

ERVING — The ‘ayes’ had it. All. Monday’s special town meeting approved all items on the agenda unanimously and with little to no discussion, welcoming a new plot of land to the town fold and approving a medical marijuana moratorium among other matters.

The land is a donation from Erving Paper, solicited by the Usher Plant Reuse Committee. A ll but one of the eight lots, totalling about 10 acres, runs along the Millers River opposite Arch Street from the tax-taken Usher property, which the Reuse Committee hopes to convert to recreational and/or other purposes. Plans are not complete.

Jeanie Schermesser of the Reuse Committee thanked Erving Industries CEO Morris Housen and his family for the donation.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what you all turn it into,” Housen said.

A one-year moratorium on the development of medical marijuana dispensaries in town passed with no discussion.

The moratorium will block any development of the kind through Oct. 31, 2014. “The regulation of medical marijuana raises novel and complex legal, planning and public safety issues and the town needs time to study and consider the regulation of Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers and address such novel and complex issues,” reads the bylaw, in part.

Erving joins Whately and Bernardston in adopting such moratoriums.

Also among the items approved:

■ $110,594 to the Gill-Montague Regional School District for tuition.

■ $5,000 to pay a part-time administrative clerk for the Recreation Commission.

■ $3,000 for miscellaneous expenses as the Historical Commission works to re-open the Pearl B. Care Historical Building.

■ $40,000 to purchase and equip a replacement police cruiser.

■ $3,000 to increase the current year budget line for information technology wages.

■ Transfer $151,515 from the Usher Plant Demolition continuing appropriation to close out the Brownfields Cleanup revolving loan authorized by Erving voters in 2011.

■ Modify the cemetery regulations to specify dates through which the cemetery is open for burials and extend the open days to include Fridays.

■ Transfer $20,000 from the sewer main inspection and repair appropriation to purchase two new pumps for the Route 2 station, replacing two 31-year-old pumps, one of which is broken.

■ Amendments to the Zoning Bylaws to reduce the property line setback requirements in the rural residential district.

You can reach Chris Curtis at:
or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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