Town Meeting is Monday

A zoning proposal regulating the location of medical marijuana dispensaries in town is among the matters that will come before the fall annual Town Meeting that convenes on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Middle School. The meeting will also take up a number of spending requests, including $475,000 to purchase a seven-acre site at the corner of Newland and Newcomb streets to use for a cemetery, and $400,000 to purchase the Crane Farm, a 31.6-acre parcel on Crane Street, for conservation. The latter purchase would be contingent on the town receiving grant and private funds to cover most of the costs. The article provides that after acquiring the land, the town would convey it to a conservation group. In some of its other business, the meeting would consider proposals to create a Permanent Building Committee, amend the boundaries of the Village Commercial District, and fund the hiring of a Council on Aging director – the position has been vacant for several years. There are also funding requests to repair or replace part of the gym at the Yelle Elementary School and purchase an electronic sign for the Norton Municipal Center. Another article proposes that selectmen transfer custody of land near the Norton Reservoir to the Conservation Commission to be preserved as open space.