Meeting scheduled in Sedgwick to consider land gift

SEDGWICK — A question on whether to accept a gift of six acres that would allow access to Salt Pond is among the warrant articles at a special town meeting scheduled for Friday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town House.

Before residents gather for warrant articles, polls will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. for a secret ballot question about whether Sedgwick wants to reinstate the school budget validation referendum process.

If that question is passed, Sedgwick would resume holding a budget referendum after each annual town meeting.

Residents can vote on whether or not to have a budget referendum every three years, according to Sedgwick School Board Chairwoman Susan Ford.

Back to the warrant articles, an organization called the Next Generation Foundation proposes giving six acres of land to Sedgwick to provide access to the Salt Pond.

A related article offers a gift of $25,000 from the foundation to a Sedgwick public access account for the project.

A third article will ask voters to move $10,000 from surplus to the public access account and then to use all the funds — $35,000 — to build a road to access the Salt Pond.

Finally, voters will be asked to raise $400 for a snow account to correct an amount needed for the town’s snow removal contract for FY 2018.

Jennifer Osborn

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