By Mina Corpuz
AYER -- Upgrades for a water-treatment plant to remove contaminants and approval for the town to seek a fourth liquor license were among the 35 articles approved Monday at Town Meeting.
Voters at Ayer Shirley Regional High School authorized the town to borrow $4.17 million to improve the Grove Pond water treatment plant to remove Perflourinated Akyl Substances, which were found in a drinking well that has been taken out of service.
The liquor license would be for The Vineyard, which is located on Park Street. Voters approved the article 57-49 through a standing vote.
Ayer will now need to petition the state for the additional license.
In other business, Town Meeting approved a stewardship plan for the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit rivers.
The plan comes comes with the recommendation to seek wild and scenic river designation, which could result in federal funding.
Nine towns in Massachusetts and two in New Hampshire along the rivers had similar warrant articles that were approved. All of the participating towns need to approve it for the plan to move forward.
After discussion on several line items, the $14.33 million Fiscal Year 2019 town budget passed.
A $10.69 million assessment for Ayer Shirley and about $978,000 in debt service for the high school building were approved under one article.
Another article also approved a $680,500 assessment to Nashoba Valley Technical High School.
Voters also approved:
* A 3 percent sales tax on marijuana products sold by retailers in town
* $1.47 million funded from the capital budget for 15 items, including road paving and water main replacements
* $155,000 from the Capital Stabilization Fund for five items, including new voting machines and hoses for the Fire Department
* $108,000 from the Community Preservation Fund for structural restoration for the Sandy Pond School
* An advisory citizens petition to keep the transfer station open until 3 p.m.