Leverett sets warrant for 2013 Town Meeting
LEVERETT — Considering a proposed $5,449,503 budget, deciding whether to continue talks with Amherst and Pelham to regionalize elementary schools and electing officials will be the focus of the annual Town Meeting Saturday.
The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Leverett Elementary School.
Town Meeting voters will take up 29 articles, most seeking funds for projects such as new locks and door handles for the elementary school and a listening system for the hearing impaired at the town library.
Town officials are asking voters to approve the $5.45 million budget, which represents 2.1 percent increase the current year’s budget of $5,335,124. Proposed school expenses amount to $3,564,918, of which $1,492,575 goes to the elementary school and $1,398,899 would be Leverett’s share of the Amherst Pelham Regional School budget for the town’s secondary school students. Remaining school expenses cover insurance, workers’ compensation and debt service.
Voters will also be asked to approve a highway budget of $309,129, town operations of $282,696, a police budget of $187,116 and fire department budget of $83,837.
Leverett is the only town in Massachusetts that nominates and elects town officials from the floor of the Town Meeting. This year, the following positions are up for grabs: one three-year term on the Select Board, two three-year terms on the School Committee, a three-year term on the Finance Committee, two three-year seats on the Library Trustees Committee, one five-year term on the Planning Board, two three-year terms on the Board of Health, a three-year term on the Board of Assessors, a three-year term as town clerk, a one-year term as assistant moderator, a three-year term as constable and a one-year post as tree warden.
Article two on the warrant notes that on March 9 the Regional School District Planning Board, made up of representatives from Leverett, Shutesbury, Amherst and Pelham, voted to draft a proposal for a three-town region for the elementary schools that could be put into effect as early as fall 2014. The proposal would regionalize the elementary schools of Leverett, Amherst and Pelham.
Shutesbury declined to be included. The four towns already share a regional school for their middle and high school students.
To obtain a copy of the warrant, contact the Leverett Town Clerk Lisa Stratford at email@example.com.