On October 24, 2022, Town Meeting will vote for the 3rd time on issues related to repurposing the former Decas School as a community center. to authorize the Town Administrator to take the following actions:
Article 30: Asks Town Meeting to Hear the Report of the Decas School Steering Committee and
Article 29: Asks the Town Administrator to Act on the Recommendations of the Decas School Steering Committee
Town Meeting is Monday, October 24th, 7 pm, Wareham Elementary School, 63 Minot Ave.
On April 25, 2022, Town Meeting voted to authorize the Town Administrator to take the following actions:
a) move the Council on Aging to Decas, b) issue Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to non-profits, agencies, groups and organizations who are interested in renting space in the building, and c) provide Decas building access to the Steering Committee and the Decas Community Center Foundation to help ready the building for occupancy.
To date, none of the items approved by Town Meeting have been acted on by the Town Administrator.
Meeting location: Wareham High School, 7 Viking Dr.
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The Spring Town Meeting Articles are published in the Town Clerk's office and on their website here.
Town Meeting has been used for over 300 years but the process can be unfamiliar or confusing. You can find a helpful FAQ on how the process works at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cistwn/twnidx.htm or download the Citizens Guide to Town Meeting.
During the week of October 18th, we presented the Decas warrant article to the Board to Selectmen, the Finance Committee & the public at large. We received a lot of feedback, including some concerns that some of the language was out of step with Wareham's bylaws and charter. We have rectified those issues in this new Motion, and in doing so, have gained so much more support for the vision of Decas as a community hub serving the needs of all of Wareham! We feel that we're as close to consensus as you can get that keeping Decas as a community resources just makes sense!