Hannover considers capital expenditure of $7 million, respecting transparency

HANNOVER — Voters at the May 2 annual city meeting could be asked to authorize more than $7 million in capital spending, demand video recordings of all public meetings and ask the Legislature to change the select council as a select council.

The selection committee voted in July 2021 to change its name to the gender-neutral selection committee after South Shore Technical High School student Corrine Crissinger requested it, according to the city’s website.

Two petitions have been submitted to rename the college and a new outdoor hockey rink after the Weymouth police sergeant fell. Michael Chesna.

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Elected officials are also asking City Assembly voters to name the traffic island of Circuit and Hanover streets after former police chief Walter Sweeney, who retired in late 2021.

Hanover Police Chief Walter Sweeney on Wednesday, November 3, 2021.

The planning board submitted a warrant article to repeal the village’s planned unit development by-law, which authorized permission for the new development of Hanover Crossing, in the former commercial center of Hanover.

This development allowed for the construction of apartments at the rear of the mall complex. Council members were concerned about water quality and quantity issues related to the development made possible by the bylaw.

Only five parcels are eligible for Hanover Village planned unit development, including Hanover Crossing, which allows for a mix of housing and commercial space.  All are along Route 53.

The board wants to replace the bylaw with something “better”, but nothing else has been offered. Only five parcels in Hanover are large enough to qualify for the special permit, including Hanover Crossing, and all are along Route 53.

Proposed capital expenditures of $7 million

Voters will also be asked to approve a total of $7 million in capital spending, including $5 million from bonds and $1.5 million from available cash.

Borrowing of all kinds is at historic lows, often with rates below the pre-pandemic inflation rate and well below the current inflation rate. Many cities and towns refinanced bonds due to low rates.

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Voters will decide on bonded demands of $375,000 for a new ambulance, $500,000 for transfer station trash compactor upgrades, $500,000 for Broadway and Elm Street upgrades, $1.75 million for dollars to replace athletics at Hanover High School and $2 million to repair and repaint a water tank.

Proposed spending from available money includes $500,000 for the school district’s special education fund, $250,000 for downtown road improvements, and $120,000 for police cruisers.

Many of the proposed expenditures relate to upgrades to the transfer station, including a $70,000 garbage trailer and a $50,000 wheel loader. Other transfer station demands include the imposition of a $200 fine for unauthorized dumping at the dump.

In all, 49 pieces appear on the mandate of the town hall.

Mandatory transparency

The selectors’ council proposed a mandate article requiring that all public meetings be recorded and that the recordings be kept.

Under state law, public agencies can delete meeting recordings after approving the minutes of those meetings.

See the mandate:Read the Hannover municipal meeting mandate, as of February 1, 2022

The rule change would allow for “extenuating circumstances” where recordings could not be made and allow committee and board members to attend meetings in person or virtually. Current regulations require in-person attendance.

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Contact reporter Wheeler Cowperthwaite at [email protected]