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WHITMAN

Meeting will deal with marijuana sales, utilities

Whitman will hold a special Town Meeting on Dec. 11 to ask residents whether they want to ban the sale of recreational marijuana in town, to deal with water and sewer line repairs, and to settle financing for collective bargaining agreements.

Although 54 percent of the town’s voters approved the state ballot question last year legalizing recreational marijuana use, Town Administrator Frank Lynam said the measure before Town Meeting will test whether they want the drug to be sold in their town.

Lynam said he suspects a lot of voters wanted it legalized but “not necessarily that they wanted it sold in their own town.”

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He said voters will also be asked to approve $1.5 million for replacement water lines on Route 18, plus another roughly $500,000 for replacing a major sewer line that failed. The cost of those improvements will come out of money already set aside for water and sewer needs.

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He said the collective bargaining agreements also need to be covered through free cash for now to prevent a snafu with the setting of the town’s tax rate.

Lynam said the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m., and may face competition from the New England Patriots versus Miami Dolphins game.

Elaine Cushman Carroll can be reached at elaine_carroll@msn.com.