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Article 17, submitted by the Municipal Building Committee and not recommended by the Finance Committee, will ask Annual Town Meeting:

To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate, borrow, or transfer from available funds, a sum of money to be expended by the Board of Selectmen to be used for professional services including but not limited to architectural; structural engineering; mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering; civil engineering; owner’s project manager, surveys, legal services, and cost estimating to develop schematic design plans for the renovation and expansion of (1) the Town Hall to serve town government offices, meeting space, civic and community space, and other uses as appropriate; and (2) the Hildreth House to continue as the center for senior life, with unexpended funds as of June 30, 2013 being returned to their funding source, or pass any vote or votes in relation thereto.

Article 18, endorsed by both the Finance and Capital Planning and Investment committees and submitted as a citizens petition, will ask Annual Town Meeting:

To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate, borrow, or transfer from available funds, a sum of money to be expended by the Board of Selectmen to be used for professional services including but not limited to architectural; structural engineering; mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering; civil engineering; owner’s project manager, surveys, legal services, and cost estimating for the following:

(1) To develop appropriate plans and specifications for the construction, reconstruction and renovation of the Town Hall for municipal government uses only. All construction, reconstruction and renovation will be limited to the existing building footprints with the exception of any necessary expansion solely for providing elevator access to the upper floor. The design will not include but will accommodate possible future expansion;

(2) To develop appropriate plans and specifications for the construction, reconstruction and renovation of the Old Library for use as temporary town offices during reconstruction of the Town Hall; additional space for Council on Aging functions and offices; community-center usage and meeting space. All construction, reconstruction and renovation will be limited to the existing building footprint with the exception of any necessary expansion solely for providing elevator access to the upper floor(s);

(3) To preserve the Hildreth House as is for continued use by the Council on Aging, and meeting space without expansion or renovation at this time.

Neither article specifies a funding source. The Finance Committee recommended either article be funded with a Proposition 2 1/2 override, which requires a simple majority to pass.

QUESTION 1 (YES or NO) Shall the Town of Harvard be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to fund the development of schematic design plans for the construction, reconstruction, renovation, and expansion of town-owned buildings?