Well the people have spoken, at least the few that decided to brave the weather and come to the special town meeting. There was a very low turnout, less than 100, for such a large bond issue but such is democracy in action. If New Marlborough and Alford go the way of the other three towns the school is going to get a new 8 million dollar roof and heating system. For those of you who stayed at home, don't gripe when this bill is added to your taxes for the next twenty years.
Article 1 passed with one amendment. We have now taken the power to elect our water commissioners out of the hands of the people and ceded it to the selectmen. This article was amended to add the provision that at least one of the commissioners will have to be a water user but the selectmen now get to choose who runs the water company. There was also an attempt to amend the article to make the selectmen act as commissioners rather than appoint them but this amendment failed. So from now on the BoS will be appointing the water commissioners.
Article 2 passed as well. This was the Medical Marijuana Overlay district. This article gives the town the ability to regulate the medical marijuana trade if a state licensed grower or provider wants to locate in Egremont. There was a lot of confusion over this issue because some of the people wanted to ban the industry altogether. The town counsel, Mr. Pollard explained that because the state legalized the use of medical Marijuana that there could not be an all out ban and for that reason it's best to allow the town to regulate it at the local level. We can now rest easy that in the unlikely event that someone wants to set up a shop to grow or distribute marijuana in our town they have to jump through several hoops to do so.