FARMINGTON – Voters will have a chance Tuesday to accept a planning grant to extend water lines, adopt a subdivision ordinance and upgrade a Budget Committee Ordinance at a special town meeting.

Afterward, at the regular scheduled selectmen’s meeting following the town meeting, selectmen will discuss a proposed policy regarding the use of the town’s advertising banner spaces, consider a request for downtown bicycle racks and hear an update on the Farmington-Wilton-Jay Rail-Trail.

The special town meeting will be 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center. Following its conclusion, selectmen will adjourn for 15 minutes in order to go to the Municipal Building to conduct their regular selectmen’s meeting.

During the special town meeting, voters will be asked to accept a $10,000 planning grant to extend water lines to three subsidized apartment complexes that house mostly senior citizens. The town would be acting as fiscal agent for the Community Development Block Grant for the Farmington water district.

The subdivision ordinance would update the town’s regulations on subdivisions. And the updated Budget Committee Ordinance would outline duties of the board, as well as establish terms: 11 three-year staggered terms for regular members and four one-year terms for alternates. Now, there are 15 members appointed yearly and no alternates.

Bicycle rack request

During the selectmen’s meeting, board members will discuss a request from the Downtown Business And Professional Association to put in bicycle racks shaped like an inverted U on downtown sidewalks. The proposed racks would be bolted to the curb and placed in areas that wouldn’t hinder pedestrians. The racks would also have to be removed in the winter for snowplows, Town Manager Dick Davis said.

Davis said he has had feedback on a proposal to ban advertising banners for community events and similar events on town-owned property. Selectmen were slated to adopt a written policy on banner use earlier this month, but selectmen’s Chairman Mary Wright proposed banning the hanging of banners on town property. The board tabled action in order to get feedback from the community.

Selectmen will also consider Tuesday accepting a $1,500 bid for a surplus 1975 pumper to a fire apparatus company.

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