Selectmen were required to call a September Special Town Meeting (an October Special Town Meeting is scheduled) when Framingham resident Steven Hakar was able to collect the necessary signatures on a citizen petition.
Town Meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 tonight, Sept. 10.
A quorum of 80 of the 216 Town Meeting members must be present for the Special Town Meeting to take place.
If a quorum is reached, the first order of business will be to elect a temporary moderator.
Hakar's citizen petitions asks Town Meeting to vote to end unfunded mandates and to stop utility companies' use of herbicidal chemicals.
Originally, Hakar's petition asked Town Meeting to support "legislation to require all pesticides used by citizens, landscape firms, and utilities to be approved by local boards of health after a public hearing."
He has since decided to support an amendment to his petition, which would only require utilities to stop using the chemicals. He said the goal is to protect public drinking water.
Hakar filed these citizen petitions in Framingham, as well as the communities of Sudbury and Wayland. He needed to collect
The articles read:
- To see if the Towns of Framingham, Sudbury and Wayland will vote to request that their Federal and State Representatives and Senators file legislation that will require anyone including the Utilities to: only place on theirs and/or anyone else’s property chemicals approve by the Board of Health and/or the Towns Health Officer, but only after a public hearing and written approval from said authority to use such chemical. If any chemicals have been used in the past then the Utility or whoever placed said chemicals on any real estate property must clean up said site to the approval of the Board of Health and/or the Towns Health Officer.
- To see if the Towns of Framingham, Sudbury and Wayland will vote to request that their Federal and State Representatives and Senators file legislation that will eliminate all unfunded State & Federal mandates.