Articles pass unanimously at Whately Town Meeting with no discussion

  • Whately residents approved all four articles on the warrant at Special Town Meeting on Saturday outside the Town Offices. STAFF PHOTO/MARY BYRNE

Staff Writer
Published: 4/11/2021 3:55:57 PM

WHATELY — About 20 residents showed up outside the Town Offices on Saturday morning to approve all four articles on the Special Town Meeting warrant, including upgrades to the Water Department’s pumping station.

All four articles passed without discussion and with unanimous support.

The first article sought approval to allocate $50,000 for upgrades at the Water Department’s pumping station on Chestnut Plain Road. Town Administrator Brian Domina previously explained that the Water Department needs money to buy booster pumps for the main pumphouse.

To improve pumping capacity, the Water Department initially designed a two-pump system, he said. The state Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), however, is asking the department to redesign its proposal with a three-pump system — adding to the cost.

The next article sought approval to transfer $5,000 from a Water Department account, and to authorize a payment in that amount for the reimbursement of a water system hook-up fee for a property no longer anticipated to be connected to the system.

Article 3 sought approval to transfer $99.67 from the fiscal year 2020 free cash account to cover a Comcast payment from a prior fiscal year.

And finally, Article 4 sought town approval to authorize the Selectboard to petition the state for special legislation to allow Police Officer Edwin Zaniewski to serve until 70 years of age, or until the date of his retirement. State law requires retirement from public safety at age 65.

Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne




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