Town Meeting 2015 has begun! Stay tuned for updates on articles.
4:45 p.m.: Erin McGough, executive director of the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society, is now discussing the Bradford House project, Article 27.
4:06 p.m.: Motion to reconsider Article 12, electronic balloting, on the floor. Motion fails.
4:03 p.m.: Article 16 is now being discussed. This would authorize the Board of Selectmen to amend the town manager act with regards to who has the authority to sign contracts.
3:57 p.m.: On Article 15, Duxbury votes (212 to 12) to purchase 265 acres of land for open space, including several cranberry bogs, from the Merry family.
3:44 p.m. Town Meeting is now discussing Article 15, a motion to purchase 267 acres of land for community preservation.
3:28 p.m. Voters approve CPC Operating Fund budget of $29,226.
3:23 p.m. We are now moving on to Article 13, CPA funding. Several articles will be presented for CPA funds today, including the purchase of 265 acres of land from the Merry family.
3:15 p.m. Article 12, for Electronic Balloting, passes 132-89.
3:14 p.m. After amendment made to reduce Electronic Balloting article from $35,000 to $12,000, motion fails.
2:48 p.m. Discussion continues on the Electronic Balloting article. On one side: electronic balloting increases accuracy, speed, privacy. On the other side: questions about whether it truly will save time; if we want privacy in an "open" town meeting.
2:30 p.m. Jim Sullivan, chair of Electronic Balloting Committee, is now discussion Article 12, which requests #35,000 for next year's Town Meeting.
2:13 a.m. Article 8 was the first article at Town Meeting to be indefinitely postponed. It regarded Union Contracts.
2:06 a.m. Voters are now discussing Article 7, dubbed "capital lite," because it includes capital budgets that are under $15,000. This is the first time such items have been listed in a separate article.
1:35 p.m. Town Meeting has concluded Article 5, the capital budget.
1:30 p.m. With the meeting back in session, the town approves a $32M school budget for FY16. This includes re-appropriated facilities management and laptop lease.
11:48 a.m. Town Meeting voters are now going line-by-line through the operating budget for FY16.
11:06 a.m.: Finance Committee Chair Betsey Sullivan now reading line items for Capital Budget.
11:01: Town Manager Rene Read is now giving his FY16 Budget Presentation.
10:13 a.m.: Elizabeth Lewis has been recognized with a resolution for serving on School Building Committee since 2008. She was presented with a commendation from the House of Representatives through Rep. Josh Cutler and Rep. Tom Calter.
10:09 a.m.: Voters approved STM Article 12, $130,000 to the unemployment fund.
10:05 a.m.: Voters approved (125-22) STM Article 11, to establish a reserve fund for future payment of accrued liabilities for compensated absences due any employee.
10:05 a.m. Voters approved STM Article 10 to appropriate (134-3) $50,000 to the stabilization fund.
9:51 a.m.: On STM Article 9, the town voted to approve (128-9) the appropriation of $300,000 to Other Post Employment Benefits Trust Fund (OPEB) and $50,000 from the Town Health Insurance Trust.
9:37 a.m.: On STM Article 4, voters approved $190,000 for funding a collective bargaining agreement with the Duxbury Police Union.
9:25 a.m. With an affirmative vote for Special Town Meeting Article 1, all Town Meeting articles will be voted on using the electronic balloting devices, which were tested out during last year's Town Meeting. A green light appears when it is time to vote, and voters have 30 seconds to vote yes (1) or no (2).
9:10 a.m.: The Annual Town Meeting has been adjourned until the conclusion of the Special Town Meeting.