This September, Brewster adults will have homework before the town's children will, with the fall town meeting scheduled to take place 6 days before the first day of school. The Town of Brewster will hold its fall town meeting on Wednesday, September 2 at 7 p.m. in the cafetorium of Stony Brook Elementary. Brewster voters will be asked to consider a warrant with 18 articles.
Ten of the articles are sponsored by the Board of Selectmen, six by the Planning Board, one by the Community Preservation Committee and one by a citizens' group.
Of the 18 articles, seven (Article 8, Article 11, Article 12, Article 13, Article 14, Article 16 and Article 17) are on the proposed consent calendar. The proposed consent calendar was created during the 1994 fall town meeting in an effort to expedite the proceedings. Articles that "appear to raise no controversy" are acted upon as one unit and passed with a debate-free unanimous vote. According to the consent calendar instructions in the introduction to the warrant, voters may ask questions about articles on the calendar and may even call for debate in which case the article is removed from the consent calendar.
Under Article 2 (Capital and Special Projects Expenditures), voters will be asked to approve $1,374,502 in expenses including $11,000 for a hazardous waste collection program, $10,000 for the Emergency Management Planning Fund, $40,000 for a new pickup truck for the DPW, $50,000 for in-car cruiser video cameras and $302,500 to improve the parking lot at the Brewster Ladies' Library.
Article 9 is a citizens' petition aimed at enhancing beach access in Brewster while maintaining the town's "rural" and "un-commercial" character, especially in the summer months.
Article 10 is a request for $243,000 from free cash for town landing and beach improvement projects including paving, drainage and construction.