Rochester Board of Selectmen signs Town Meeting warrant

Sep 20, 2021

ROCHESTER — It’s official: A change to the name of the town’s governing board, a shortened period for dog registration and a request for more liquor licenses will all be on the agenda at the Oct. 18 Special Town Meeting.

After an initial reading of the Special Town Meeting warrant two weeks ago, the Rochester Board of Selectmen voted to sign the document on Sept. 20.

The Board also voted to give its unanimous support for 11 of the 13 articles listed on the warrant, holding off on giving an official recommendation on two articles involving equipment for the assessor’s office until the finance committee could make its recommendation.

Included at Town Meeting will be a measure to reduce the dog licensing period from six months to three, a change of the Board of Selectmen’s name to Select Board and an addition of one awardable retail liquor license.

The new license would be approved for use at the Cranberry Highway Smart Growth Overlay District, the site of an upcoming mixed-use development with 208 residential units called Rochester Crossroads.

Also at Town Meeting will be a vote to approve the revised Old Rochester Regional School District regional agreement –– which has not been updated since 1986.

The two articles Selectmen have not yet endorsed — numbers three and four on the warrant — would appropriate $10,000 to license and install a computer assisted mass appraisal system and $3,000 for additional software for the town assessor’s office.

The board is expected to make a determination regarding its support of the measures at its next meeting.

Town Meeting will convene on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at Rochester Memorial School, and voting is open to all registered Rochester Residents.