Abington: Town Meeting to consider marijuana dispensaries, the Community Preservation Act and a new quorum requirement

In Abington, the Annual Town Meeting is usually held on the first Monday of April, but this year it was postponed until tonight.

The Special Town Meeting warrant has just four articles, all money transfers.

The Annual warrant has 26 articles.

Article 11 asks residents to approve surcharges in the amount of 1.5 percent on real estate, and accept that part of Massachusetts General Laws known as the Community Preservation Act.

Article 16, if voters agree, would change the quorum requirement for Town Meeting from 150 to 75 registered voters of the town.

Article 18, if approved, and if the state’s General Court also agrees, would create an Abington Department of Public Works.

And, as is the case in many south shore towns, this year’s Abington Annual Town Meeting warrant has an article that would amend the Abington Zoning Bylaw by adding a section regarding special requirements for allowing registered marijuana dispensaries in town and determining where they can be located.

Article 26 is a request by the Fire Chief to spend $1.2 million for a new aerial vehicle for the Fire Department.

Town meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. at Abington High School.

A quorum of 150 is required to conduct tonight’s Town Meeting business.



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