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Fall Town Meeting in Walpole faces packed agenda

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The Fall Town Meeting in Walpole faces a packed agenda, including proposals to ban recreational marijuana businesses in town, approve a large solar farm off North Street, and go on record as a community denouncing white nationalists and neo-Nazis. The warrant for the Oct. 16 meeting also includes a proposal for a one-year moratorium on the construction of new multi-family housing in the town’s Central Business District to allow time to study the impact of two such recently approved projects. The new developments will add about 340 residences to the downtown, and the study would look at their effect on vehicular and pedestrian traffic, parking, and utilities. A request to transfer available town money to reduce the tax rate in fiscal 2018 comes from a citizen petition. The selectmen submitted requests to buy a new ladder truck for the Fire Department, design new playing fields, dredge Memorial Pond, and fund new public employee contracts. The session is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Walpole High School.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.