Commonwealth of MAssachusetts

Annual Town Meeting

Middlesex, ss:

To: Constable of the Town of Ashby in said County:

Greeting:

In the name of the Commonwealth, you are hereby directed to notify and warn the inhabitants of the Town of Ashby, qualified to vote in elections and town affairs, to meet at the Elementary School Auditorium in said Ashby, Saturday, May 6, 2000 at 9:30 a.m. to act on the following articles:

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING ARTICLES

Article 1. To see if the Town will vote to elect all other town officers not required to be on the official ballot.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 2. To see if the Town will vote to hear the reports of the various town officials and committees.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 3. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Treasurer to borrow funds as necessary in anticipation of revenue, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 4. To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $5,700 from the Cemetery Perpetual Care Interest account for the purpose of defraying the cost of the cemetery budget, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 5. To see if the Town will vote to accept the following sums in trust; the income therefrom 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

or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 6. To see if the Town will vote to add a full time police officer position and to raise and appropriate the sum of $34,182.94 which includes benefits, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 7. To see if the Town will vote to add a full time police officer position contingent upon receipt of grant funding, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 8. To see if the Town will vote 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, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 9. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to acquire by purchase, eminent domain or otherwise as provided by the General Laws 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 Account to pay for any and all costs associated with such acquisition, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 10. To see if the Town will vote 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, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 11. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sums of money necessary to defray charges and expenses of the Town for the ensuing fiscal year (FY2001) beginning July 1, 2000 and ending June 30, 2001, and to fix the salaries of all elected officials, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 12. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen pursuant to G.L. c. 40, 3, to grant a preservation restriction to the Massachusetts Historical Commission and faade 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 faade 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, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 13. To see if the Town will vote 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, Article 37 of the May 1, 1999 Annual Town Meeting for the purpose of making renovations to the Lyman Building, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 14. To see if the Town will hear and receive the report of the Open Space and Recreation Committee, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 15. To see if the Town will vote to change the Town Treasurer position from elected to appointed subject to approval of voters at its next annual town election, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 16. To see if the Town will vote to amend Article X, Section 3B Schedule of Permit Fees, of the Town Bylaws 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

    , or take any action thereon.

    Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

    Article 17. To see if the Town will vote 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", or take any action thereon.

    Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

    Article 18. To see if the Town will vote 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", or take any action thereon.

    Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

    Article 19. To see if the Town will vote 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.

    , or take any action thereon

    Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

    Article 20. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town Bylaw, 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. In particular, the placement of mailboxes shall conform to the following requirements which are not intended and shall not be interpreted to conflict with any United States Postal rule or regulation on the same subject.

    or take any action thereon.

    Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

    Article 21. To see if the Town will vote 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 Clerks’ 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, or take any action thereon.

    Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

    Article 22. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $______ to the Stabilization account, or take any action thereon.

    Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

    And you are hereby directed to serve this warrant by posting an attested copy in at least three (3) public places in said Ashby seven (7) days at least before holding of said meeting. Hereof, fail not, and make due return of this warrant with your doings thereon, to the Town Clerk at the time and place of meeting aforesaid.

     

    Given under our hands this 11th day of April,2000.

    Michael Reggio

    Mark Forgues

    Michael McCallum

    Chair

    Procurement

    Clerk

    ASHBY BOARD OF SELECTMEN

     

    By virtue of this precept, I have posted three (3) attested copies of the foregoing warrant in three (3) public places in said Ashby at least seven days before the time of said Annual Town Meeting.

     

    April 13, 2000 Chistopher VanVoorhis,

    CONSTABLE OF ASHBY