Spring has been a very busy time for League members in Grafton. Candidates’ Night went well in April with an interesting debate by the candidates for School Committee. The audience questions were very timely. In May Grafton held its Spring Town Meeting as well as elections for local offices. Town meeting was very well attended since two town facilities are in need of updating or replacement and the voters needed to approve this funding. Both the Library Renovation Project and the DPW’s new facility passed with the required two-thirds vote. The League’s citizen petition to reduce the plastic bags in our waste stream with an article limiting single-use plastic bags, passed with the needed majority vote. On the May Town election ballot the money needed for the Library renovation and the DPW facility was on the ballot. Both articles were approved by the Voters.
Our Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, June 19, 2017 at the home of Peter and Shirley Williams. Besides electing officers, we will be discussing merging with Shrewsbury.
The LWV of Shrewsbury currently has a very small membership but has still been able to work on several important issues. However, they feel they would be a stronger league if they work with Grafton and we take care of some of the administrative functions that need more oversight. After our business meeting we will enjoy a catered dinner. Our guest speaker is Margaret Hurley, a Grafton resident and Chief, Central Massachusetts Regional Office of the Office of the Attorney General. She is also Director of the Municipal Law Unit and will tell us more about her work reviewing the By-laws passed by communities. She will also speak about the Marijuana legislation that is in effect now in our state and how communities are dealing with it.