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North Reading to Hold Special Town Meeting and Election in March

The Special Town Meeting and Special Election are both for the school building project.

North Reading will hold a Special Town Meeting March 18 and a Special Election March 22, both for the school building project. The selectmen voted in favor of the meeting and election Monday night.

The public will be able to vote for or against an override for the school building project at the Special Town Meeting and Special Election in March. If they vote against an override, the SSBC will have to work with the existing budget.

The construction documents are scheduled to be 90 percent complete in February and a new budget estimate should be available Feb. 25. The final Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) is expected by March 11, according to Superintendent Kathleen Willis. Once the SSBC has that figure, they will know how much more than the original budget of 107.7 million they will have to ask for at Special Town Meeting.

Residents are encouraged to attend meetings that the SSBC is hosting to provide information about the project and how it got to this point. The first of three meetings was held Tuesday night. Please check in with us Thursday at 6 a.m. for details if you were not able to make it. The next two meetings are scheduled for Feb. 28 and March 14.

Selectmen Chairman Sean Delaney strongly suggested that residents attend the meetings in order to get factual information about the project. Selectman Joe Foti concurred and stated that it was important for residents to go to the meetings before voting.

Ed Canney January 31, 2013 at 05:20 PM
You know John, did you ever think some of your nasty comments are unnecessary? But in that vain...I'll compare my resume against yours any day of the week. I think I can say that categorically w/out any doubt.
Mel Webster January 31, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Ed -- Again more misleading information. Wayne Hardacker and his staff maintain our schools as well if not better than any other district in this state. In fact, if you paid attention to the facts, you would know that we actually got an additional almost 2 percent reimbursement from the state for the high school/middle school project because of how well Wayne and his staff have maintained these inefficient, insufficient, aging buildings. In addition, the MSBA agreed that we needed a new high school. They said that they would not approve any type of addition or renovation to the existing building. I will continue to provide the facts and the truth about this project.
John Intorcio January 31, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Really Ed? We're gonna play "Mine's Bigger"?
Ed Canney January 31, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Mel, your reference to "misleading information" is again...incorrect. If Hardacker was doing his job, you would not have had an electrical failure at a public assembly. Why don't you get that? Call the Fire Dept, call the Electrical Inspector...those are the facts Mel! By the way, Hardacke'sr performance would be a subject for "executive session". My God, you actually had an electrical failure during a public assembly?! Beyond comprehension...and please quote me!
laura February 01, 2013 at 01:49 PM
I think that it is time for North Reading to look around at it's neighboring communities and around the state and see how others cities and towns are benefitting from split tax rates. Why are we driving down Main street and Concord Street looking at these businesses without reaping any benefits from having them in town. Time to do the right thing here and stop asking the hard working people of the town! What is the real reason that the the the town has not gone to a split tax rate?

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