FAIRHAVEN – The annual city get-together for Fairhaven will take place this Saturday, June 12th, from 9 a.m.
Like the previous city meetings during the pandemic, this one will be held remotely via Zoom.
In preparation for the meeting, the city offered training on how to use Zoom and how to register online to attend the meetings, as well as how to borrow technology for those who may not have the resources at home.
It will be a long session – 61 articles are to be voted on at the city assembly.
The total recommended budget of the Fund for FY22 by the Board of Directors of the Selection and Finance Committee for all city departments and establishments, including the school district, is $ 54,354,378. This figure does not include the city’s corporate water, sewer, and cable accounts, nor any road works proposed by the Board of Public Works.
The first 20 articles of the warrant are all budget and capital planning and purchase votes.
City-owned cable and internet infrastructure
Article 34 deserves a lot of attention as it proposes to acquire the financial capital to build a municipal lighting system, a name given to a local utility company. In this case it would be the city’s own cable and internet infrastructure.
More:Fairhaven is considering building its own cable infrastructure
Many communities control their own gas and electricity for their residents. Massachusetts law also allows a city or town to set up its own telecommunications system and / or broadband network.
The reason for this is the increasing internet and cable options in the city, which means lower prices and higher internet speeds.
A 2/3 majority in two separate, successive city assemblies is required for the establishment of a municipal lighting system for Fairhaven.
The attendees of the city assembly should expect a presentation and a long debate for this article.
Restriction of plastic bags
Article 40 provides a minimum charge of 10 cents for single-use checkout bags in all retail stores. The article was proposed by the Sustainability Committee and aims to reduce the accumulation and littering of trash in the city by encouraging customers to make their own reusable bags.
Nearly 140 communities in Massachusetts have either total bans or restrictions on the use of plastic bags. These restrictions may include fees for the use of each single-use bag.
Flood maps, limit values for trash cans and more on guarantee
Other noteworthy articles include the following:
- Article 30 is to change the zoning of the city’s flood hazard maps under the national flood insurance program administered by FEMA. This change was originally supposed to be last year but was postponed by the pandemic.
- Article 31 is for the adoption of a new waterway ordinance for the city as recommended by the harbor master.
- Article 36 is by the Board of Public Works and suggests a strict window of time for homeowners to drop trash and recycling at the curb and bring the bins back from the sidewalk. Local residents who generally return the trash cans sooner or later than anyone else may want to look up the city ordinance beforehand.
- Article 37 the change in the city statute on rainwater management ordered by the federal government must be accepted.
- Article 44 is to change the status of the tree guardian from an elected position to an appointed position. This would subordinate the position to the Public Works Office.
- Articles 46-56 are all petitions. Some of them deal with the Board of Selectmen, such as the proposal to change the number of board seats from 3 to 5 and change the name from Selectmen to Select Board. Other petitions suggest setting tenure limits for elected board members, establishing an ethics committee, creating a new constitution committee, and amending the current statutes related to the recall of elections.
- Article 57 is the approval of funding for restoration efforts of the newer part of the Rogers School from the 1950s. The intent of this project is to support the pending lease of this part of the building by the city to the Southeastern Massachusetts Educational Collaborative (SMEC), which will also provide its own funding for the redevelopment of the space.
Reuse of the school:Fairhaven is considering renting Rogers School buildings to SMEC for special needs classes
At https://www.fairhaven-ma.gov/town-meeting, participants can find more information about the annual city meeting and download a copy of the arrest warrant.