GREENWOOD — On Saturday, May 22 at 9 a.m. Greenwood will hold its annual town meeting at the Legion hall.

Both Selectman Arnie Jordan and Select Woman Amy Chapman are seeking re-election, with Jordan’s term for two years and Chapman’s for three. Jordan’s term expired last year, but since there was no annual meeting due to COVID-19, he remained on the board. Town Manager Kim Sparks said there are currently no challengers for either seat.

If all monetary articles are approved, the 2021-2022 municipal budget will be $1,349,189 compared to the 2019-2020 budget of $1,007,892.00 ( town operated 2020-2021 year on same budget as 2019-2020 because of no annual meeting last year). Most of the increases in this year’s proposed budget are for road improvements, with an additional $70,700 for work on the Richardson Hollow, Rowe Hill and Howe Hill Roads, and reserve accounts, with $205,000 being added.

Ordinance-related articles on the warrant are 23 and 24, with 23 asking if the town should enact a medical marijuana ordinance. The town’s marijuana committee is recommending approval of the article. However, if citizens reject article 23, then a vote on article 24, which asks residents to enact a marijuana business licensing ordinance, would not occur.

Originally, article 25 on the warrant was going to ask if residents wanted to “opt in” and allow the operation of adult use marijuana stores in Greenwood as long as they abide by all local and state requirements, but following a public hearing on May 4, selectmen unanimously voted to remove the article. Instead, the town plans to draft a moratorium ordinance to bring before voters. The moratorium on adult use marijuana stores will allow the Marijuana Ordinance Committee time to write an ordinance on adult use marijuana, which would then be brought to a special town meeting at a later date.

Woodstock Town Manager Vern Maxfield will be moderating the meeting.


Sparks said residents will be expected to wear the masks upon entry to the Legion, but can remove them once they are seated. Tables will be spaced out and sanitizer will be available. Families will be allowed to sit together.

Other notable articles

Article 15: Raise and appropriate $110,400 for the Fire and Rescue Budget.

Article 16: Raise and appropriate $105,085 for the Greenwood and Woodstock Transfer Station Budget.

Article 17: Raise and appropriate $522,500 for the Highway Department Budget.

Article 19: Raise and appropriate $160,000 for capital improvements to the Howe Hill Road (work is planned for area near railroad tracks up to the Eddies Road).

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