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SHIRLEY — Selectmen Monday reviewed and signed the warrant for the Nov. 2 Special Town Meeting, scratching one article and recommending all but one of the remaining 12.

The article they voted to remove sought to amend town bylaws to rezone a parcel of town-owned land known as the Barkus property that has been targeted as a “priority development” site under Chapter 43D in Massachusetts General Laws.

Asked why the article was scrapped, when the Economic Development Committee had recommended it and the Planning Board scheduled a public hearing, as the law requires, Chief Administrative Officer Dave Berry said thanks to the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission, the selectmen now know there’s no need to rezone the whole parcel, and planners won’t hold a hearing.

Part of the land — big enough to accommodate a 50,000-square-foot facility and thus meet 43D criteria — is zoned commercial-industrial now and the rest can be addressed later, he said, if and when there’s an offer to buy it.

Adopting the provision for “expedited permitting” or Chapter 43D is the subject of a separate request, listed as Article 5 on the draft warrant.

The first article calls for money moves but no added revenue and none of the requested changes will affect taxes, Chairman David Swain said.

The second article is another no-loss, no-gain proposal in terms of taxes. It seeks to increase the Board of Health budget for curbside trash and recycling pickup from $133,000 to $224,464, with the added $91,464 paid from retained earnings and trash bag fees.

The third article would authorize the selectmen to negotiate a “payment in lieu of taxes” for Pilot solar facilities in town.

The fourth article was withdrawn.

Article six asks to adopt the “Stretch Energy Code” that is one of the criteria to achieve “Green Community” status. The stretch code will be a mandate by 2013.

Articles seven through nine would authorize the town to negotiate contracts for a solar facility power purchase and lease agreement, a lease on town ball fields and a lease on hay fields at Longley Acres, respectively. Longley Acres is a town-owned farm managed by the Conservation Commission.

Article 10 seeks to rezone a parcel of land on Great Road owned by Dee Bus Company from residential to commercial/industrial.

Articles 11 and 12 seek to amend the Ayer-Shirley Regional School District agreement, first to redo the formula by which building projects are assessed to the member towns and second to require public hearings when future amendments are proposed.

Article 13 asks voters to accept Lake View Drive as a public way. This was the only article the selectmen did not recommend for “favorable action.” Based on input from Land Use Boards and the DPW, they will make that call on Town Meeting floor.

The last article would transfer money into the stabilization fund for fiscal 2012.

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