RESULTS OF ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

May 6, 2000

Constable James A. Victoria returned the warrant to the Town Clerk at 9:15 a.m.

 

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING ARTICLES

Article 1.A. In consideration of their many years of service to the Town, in both official and unofficial capacities too numerous to mention, the motion was made and seconded to nominate Mrs. Ann Fitzgerald and Chief Elmer Fitzgerald as Fence Viewers for the Town of Ashby so that they may continue their watch over us and our Town.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 1.B. The motion was made and seconded to nominate Mr. Allen Phillips as Field Driver for the Town of Ashby.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 2. The motion was made and seconded to accept the reports of the various town officials and committees as they appear in the Annual Report for the year nineteen hundred and ninety-nine.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 3. The motion was made and seconded to authorize the Treasurer to borrow funds as necessary in anticipation of revenue.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 4. The motion was made and seconded to postpone article 4 indefinitely.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 5. The motion was made and seconded to accept the following sums in trust, the income there from to be expended for the perpetual care of lots as follows:

 

 

 

Glenwood Cemetery

Amount

Name

Ave.

Lot

Section

$ 150.00 Joseph J. & Beverly M. Bosley

B

29

Lyman
$ 150.00 Edwin & Constance Bennett

C

5R

Lyman
$ 150.00 Eric & Barbara Aho

C

6R

Lyman
$ 500.00 Dolores E. Wright-Asselin

C

18

Lyman

West Cemetery

Amount

Name

Ave.

Lot

Section

$ 100.00 Robert A. & Esther V. Peterson

3 rd

179

II

$ 100.00 Richard H Harrington

3 rd

159

II

$ 150.00 David & Christine Glover

3 rd

157B

II

$ 150.00 John H. & Paula J. Brodie

3 rd

160

II

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 6. The motion was made and seconded to add a full time police officer position and to raise and appropriate the sum of $34,182.94 which includes benefits.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 7. The motion was made and seconded to add a full time police officer position contingent upon receipt of grant funding and to authorize the expenditure of any such funding for the said officer’s salary and benefits.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 8. The motion was made and seconded to raise and appropriate the sum of $30,000 for the purpose of designing and developing an EMS Services coverage program and implementing such program, and to authorize the Selectmen to enter into any and all contract(s) to carry out this purpose on such terms and conditions as are in the best interest of the Town, including but not limited to contracting with qualified firms and/or individuals to provide said services.

The motion was made and seconded to amend article 8 by adding the words "with the approval of all Emergency Department Heads" after the word "Selectmen"

VOTE ON AMENDMENT: UNANIMOUS

VOTE TO END DEBATE: UNANIMOUS

VOTE ON ORIGINAL ARTICLE: UNANIMOUS

Article 9. The motion was made and seconded to authorize the Selectmen to acquire by purchase, eminent domain or otherwise as provided by law, on such terms and conditions as are in the Town’s best interest a portion of the parcel located at South Road consisting of approximately 2.641 acres and shown on Assessor’s Map 10, Parcel 25, being the same land shown on a plan entitled "Plan of Lots of Paul G. Lieneck" by Szoc Surveyors dated April 12, 2000, for library purposes, including compliance with the state Sanitary Code, Title V, improving the availability of water for the library, for future expansion and modernization of the library facility, and to transfer the sum of $35,000 from the Stabilization Fund to pay for any and all costs associated with such acquisition, and to authorize the Selectmen to apply for and expand any grant available for this purpose.

The motion was made and seconded to end debate:

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

VOTE ON ARTICLE 9: 141 – YES 20 – NO PASSED

Article 10. The motion was made and seconded to raise and appropriate the sum of $33,000 for the purpose of engaging qualified firms and/or individuals to operate a Transfer Station for the Town, subject to approval from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and to authorize the Selectmen to enter into any and all contracts necessary to carry out this purpose.

The motion was made and seconded to amend this article to read "to transfer the sum of $32,000 from the Line Item 178 of the General Budget for the purpose of engaging qualified firms and/or individuals to operate a Transfer Station for the Town, subject to approval from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and to authorize the Board of Health to enter into any and all contracts necessary to carry out this purpose.

Motion for amendment was withdrawn.

The motion was made and seconded to amend article 10 to read "to transfer the sum of $32,000 from the Stabilization Fund."

VOTE TO END DEBATE: UNANIMOUS

VOTE ON AMENDMENT: MAJORITY

VOTE ON MAIN ARTICLE AMENDED: YES – 97 NO – 29 PASSED

Article 11. A. The motion was made and seconded to raise and appropriate for the ensuing fiscal year beginning July 1, 2000 and ending June 30, 2001 the sum of $357,706.82 for General Government.

The motion was made and seconded to amend the above motion to read: "in the amount of the Reserve Fund, Line 10, to read "$30,000", to make the total line item to read $327,706.82.

VOTE ON AMENDMENT: UNANIMOUS

VOTE ON GENERAL GOVERNMENT: UNANIMOUS

Article 11.B. The motion was made and seconded to raise and appropriate $229,213.70 for Police.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 11.C. The motion was made and seconded to raise and appropriate $53,186.40 for Fire.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 11.D. The motion was made and seconded to raise and appropriate $27,900 for Emergency Medical Services.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 11.E. The motion was made and seconded to raise and appropriate $43,588 for Inspectors.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 11.F. The motion was made and seconded to raise and appropriate $99,010 for Communications

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 11.G. The motion was made and seconded to raise and appropriate $1,989,396.74 for Education.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 11.H. The motion was made and seconded to raise and appropriate $365,477.60 for Public Works and Facilities.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 11.I. The motion was made and seconded to raise and appropriate $25,469 for Human Services.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 11.J. The motion was made and seconded to raise and appropriate $38,825 for Culture and Recreation.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 11.K. The motion was made and seconded to raise and appropriate $377,096 for General Expenses.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

The motion was made and seconded to approve the total budget of $3,576,869.26.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 12. The motion was made and seconded to authorize the Board of Selectmen pursuant to G.L. c. 40, sec. 3, to grant a preservation restriction to the Massachusetts Historical Commission and fašade easement to the Ashby Historic District Commission of the building known as the Lyman Building, Town Hall, located on a parcel of land shown on the Assessor’s Map 9 Parcel 3 for the Town of Ashby, for the purpose of maintaining the fašade of the building, such conveyance being conditioned upon receipt of a grant from the Massachusetts Historic Commission, said restriction and easement to be granted for a period not to exceed five years.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 13. The motion was made and seconded to transfer the sum of $10,000 from Article 11 of the May 3, 1997 Annual Town Meeting and to transfer the sum of $25,000 from Article 6 of the December 4, 1999 Special Town Meeting to Lyman Building Renovations account Article 37 of the May 1, 1999 Annual Town Meeting for the purpose of making renovations to the Lyman Building.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 14. The motion was made and seconded to hear and receive the report of the Open Space and Recreation Committee.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 15. The motion was made and seconded to change the Town Treasurer position from elected to appointed subject to approval of voters at its next annual town election.

VOTE: DEFEATED

Article 16. The motion was made and seconded to amend Article X, Section 3B Schedule of Permit Fees, of the Town By-Laws by deleting the existing Plumbing Permit Fees and Gas Installation Permit Fees and insert the following:

PLUMBING PERMIT FEES

Residential Permit Fee for new construction, additions, renovations and alterations $ 50.00

Plus Fee per Fixture 7.00

Commercial Permit Fee for new construction, additions, renovations and alterations $100.00

Plus Fee per Fixture 7.00

GAS PERMIT FEES

Permit Fee for new installations or replacements of gas appliance $ 30.00

Plus Fee per Fixture 7.00

PLUMBING and GAS

Re-inspection Fee $ 25.00

Fees for municipal work may be waived by the Board of Selectmen

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 17. The motion was made and seconded to accept the following Zoning By-Law amendment to delete the words "ski trails and tows" from section 7.2.5 and replace with the words "cross country ski trails".

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 18. The motion was made and seconded to accept the following Town By-Law amendment to delete the word "March" from section 4 of Article VII and replace with the word "June".

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 19. The motion was made and seconded to petition the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to enact special legislation establishing a Conservation Fund as follows:

Section 1. The Town of Ashby, acting by its Conservation Commission, is hereby authorized to establish a separate fund known as the Conservation Fund of which the Treasurer shall be custodian. All rollback or conveyance taxes and forest products taxes received by the Town pursuant to General Laws Chapter 61, 61A and 61B shall be placed in said Conservation Fund, and shall be disbursed under the direction of the Conservation Commission for the purpose of acquiring and managing properties for conservation purposes.

Section 2. The act shall take effect upon its passage.

The motion was made and seconded to end debate.

VOTE TO END DEBATE UNANIMOUS

VOTE ON ARTICLE 19: YES – 39 NO – 53 DEFEATED

Article 20. The motion was made and seconded to amend the Town By-Law, Article IX, by adding the following new section:

Section 7. No person, unless such person is the holder of a permit by the Board of Selectmen authorizing work in the public road, and except in accordance with the terms and conditions of such a permit, shall place an obstruction of any kind including but not limited to walls, fences, shrubbery and mailboxes in any street or on any sidewalk within the Town and allow it to remain there, or allow such obstruction so as to impede the free passage of pedestrians, vehicles and snow removal equipment. The placement of mailboxes shall conform to the requirements contained in the attached Mailbox Placement exhibit and shall not be interpreted to be in conflict with any United States Postal rule or regulation on the same subject.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 21. The motion was made and seconded to accept Chapter 41, Section 19K of the General Laws requiring that a Town Clerk who is awarded the proper certification by the Massachusetts Town Clerk’s Association shall receive additional compensation in an amount equal to 10% of such clerk’s regular annual compensation, not to exceed $1,000 per year.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

Article 22. The motion was made and seconded to raise and appropriate from available funds the sum of $108.54 to the Stabilization account.

VOTE: UNANIMOUS

The motion was made and seconded to dissolve meeting at 1:20 p.m., and so voted.

Dianne M. Enus, TOWN CLERK