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 1, 1999 at 9:30 a.m. to act on the following articles:

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING ARTICLES

 

Article 1. To elect all other town officers not required to be on the official ballot.

Finance Committee action: ___ Approved ___ Disapproved No Action

Article 2. 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 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 raise and appropriate the sums of money necessary to defray charges and expenses of the Town for the ensuring fiscal year (FY2000) beginning July 1, 1999 and ending June 30, 2000, and to fix the salaries of all elected officials, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 5. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000 for the purpose of making repairs and renovations to the Grange Hall, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 6. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $4,800 (32%), which shall be Ashby’s portion of a total of $15,000, for the purpose of making repairs and restorations to the Town Common, the balance of $10,200 (68%) to be funded by a grant from the Department of Environmental Management, subject to grant approval

or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 7. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from available funds the sum of $2,600 for the purpose of restoration of the faces of the Town Clock, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 8. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from available funds the sum of $20,622.00, the Town’s portion of the purchase and equipping of a new 4-wheel drive replacement police cruiser, the remaining funding in the amount of $8,500 to be supplied by a grant, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 9. To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $5,700.00 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 10. 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
         
$ 100.00 Mark J. Haven B 25 Lyman
$ 150.00 Shaun P. & Elaine M. Kielty C 3R Lyman
$ 150.00 Emile J. & Barbara A. Ouellette B 27 Lyman
$ 150.00 Leonce J. & Elizabeth J. Michaud B 28 Lyman
         

West Cemetery

         
Amount Name Ave Lot Section
         
$ 150.00 June M. Fors 3rd 157R II
$ 250.00 Lillian A. Wheeler 1st 105 II
$ 100.00 Toby Schaefer 3rd 180 II

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

 

Article 11. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town Bylaws, Article VI, Section 6, to delete "$2000" and insert "$10,000", or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 12. To see if the Town will amend the Town By-laws, Article I, Section 4 to change the amount of the fine to $300 per occurence, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: ___Approved Disapproved No Action

 

Article 13. To see if the Town will amend the Town By-laws, Article IV, Section 5 to add the words "or Town Administrator" immediately after the words "Town Accountant", or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: ____ Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 14. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from available funds the sum of $500.00 for the purpose of reimbursing EMS personnel for lost time from their regular employment if summoned to a legal proceeding resulting from an emergency call, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 15. To see if the Town will accept the provisions of Chapter 59, Section 5, Clause 37A, providing for certain tax exemptions for blind persons, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 16. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from available funds the sum of $3,000.00 for EMS Director Salary, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 17. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from available funds the sum of $3,000.00 for Communications Director Salary, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 18. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from available funds the sum of $84,000 for the first payment, and to raise and appropriate the sum of $84,000 by borrowing for the second payment, of a two-year commitment of $168,000 for the purpose of purchasing a new Fire Engine to replace Engine 1, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 19. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Compost Bin Revolving Fund, in accordance with G.L. c. 44, Sec. 53E 1/2, to receive the money collected from the sale of compost bins; said funds may be expended for the purpose of additional compost bins by the Board of Health without further appropriation; said expenditures shall not exceed $1,000, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 20. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Health to enter into a multi-year contract with a firm for the purpose of providing disposal, recycling, and/or management services, of a transfer station at the landfill site on such terms and conditions as are in the best interest of the Town, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: ___ Approved ___ Disapproved No Action

Article 21. To see if the Town will vote to refill the sixth position on the Highway Department with wages of $18,650.66 and benefits of $5,700 and vote to appropriate from free cash, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 22. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from available funds the sum of $15,000.00 for the purpose of purchasing pugmill paving mix, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: Approved Disapproved No Action

Article 23. To see if the Town will vote to renumber the zoning bylaw sequentially, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: ___ Approved ___ Disapproved No Action

 

 

 

Article 24. To see if the Town will vote to amend the zoning bylaw by adding a new section as follows:

4.2.7 Not less than seventy-five (75) percent of the minimum frontage distance shall be maintained for the minimum setback or for the front yard depth, whichever is greater, as measured perpendicular to the lot lines.

or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: ___ Approved ___ Disapproved No Action

Article 25. To see if the Town will vote to amend the zoning bylaw as follows:

Delete the word "common" from section 4.3 and section 4.33 of the Zoning Bylaw and following the word "length" add the words "unless a special permit has been granted by the Planning Board"

or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: ___ Approved ___ Disapproved No Action

Article 26. To see if the Town will vote to renumber section 5.13 to 5.29 of the zoning bylaw such that "Nursing home", etc. becomes a special permit use in the residential district, or take any action thereon.

Finance Committee action: ___ Approved ___ Disapproved No Action

Article 27. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town Bylaws, Article X, by adding a new Section 5, as follows:

Street Number

  • Each dwelling or business establishment shall display their street number in numerals no less than three (3) inches in height on a post, sign, mail box or other suitable device adjacent to the road right of way. Structures within seventy-five (75) feet of the right of way may display the address number on the structure in numerals no less than four (4) inches in height. Violators shall be notified in writing and shall be given thirty days to correct the offense prior to enforcement of this provision.
  • or take any action thereon.

    Finance Committee action: ___ Approved ___ Disapproved No Action

    Article 28. To see if the Town will vote to accept the lay out of the way known as Wilder Road as shown on a plan entitled "As Built Street Acceptance Plan, Ashby, MA, September 1998, prepared for Mark L. Truitt which is on file in the Town Clerk’s Office, or take any action thereon.

    Finance Committee action: ___ Approved ___ Disapproved No Action

    Article 29. To see if the Town will vote to accept the lay out of the way known as Nash Road as shown on a plan entitled "As Built Street Acceptance Plan in Ashby, Massachusetts, September 1998, prepared for ANSAC Corporation" which is on file in the Town Clerk’s Office, or take any action thereon.

    Finance Committee action: ___ Approved ___ Disapproved No Action

    Article 30. To see if the Town will vote to accept the lay out of the way known as Mill Creek Drive as shown on a plan entitled "Definitive Plan, Village at Mill Creek, prepared for Juha Parkkonen, revised 12/12/97 and 12/17/98" which is on file in the Town Clerk’s Office, or take any action thereon.

    Finance Committee action: ___ Approved ___ Disapproved Action

    Article 31. To see if the Town will vote to accept the lay out of the way known as Stone Brook Lane as shown on a plan entitled "Definitive Plan, Village at Mill Creek, prepared for Juha Parkkonen, revised 12/12/97 and 12/17/98" which is on file in the Town Clerk’s Office, or take any action thereon.

    Finance Committee action: ___ Approved ___ Disapproved No Action

    Article 32. To see if the Town will vote to accept the lay out of the way known as Page Road as shown on a plan entitled "Definitive Plan, Village at Mill Creek, prepared for Juha Parkkonen, revised 12/12/97 and 12/17/98" which is on file in the Town Clerk’s Office, or take any action thereon.

    Finance Committee action: ___ Approved ___ Disapproved No Action

    Article 33. To see if the Town will vote to discontinue a portion of the town way known as Watatic Mountain Road from a point two thousand and seventy-five (2,075) feet from its intersection with Bennett Road to its terminus, or take any action thereon.

    Finance Committee action: ___ Approved ___ Disapproved No Action

    Article 34. To see if the Town will vote to discontinue the way known as Caswell Road, or take any action thereon.

    Finance Committee action: ___ Approved ___ Disapproved No Action

    Article 35. To see if the Town will vote to add the words "by the Planning Board" following the word "granted" in section 4.5, or take any action thereon.

    Finance Committee action: ___ Approved ___ Disapproved No Action

    Article 36. To see if the Town will vote to replace the word "corner" with the word "center" in section 5.331, or take any action thereon

    Finance Committee action: ___ Approved ___ Disapproved No Action

    Article 37. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from available funds the sum of $15,000 for renovations to the Lyman Building, or take any action thereon.

    Finance Committee action: Approved ___ Disapproved ___ No Action

    Article 38. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of money to the Stabilization Fund, or take any action thereon.

    Finance Committee action: Approved ___ Disapproved ___ No Action

    Article 39. To see if the Town will vote to direct the Selectmen to petition the United States Postal Service to construct a new Post Office in the Town of Ashby for the convenience of its citizens in the area of the town to be determined by this meeting, 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 14th day of April, 1999.

     

     

     

    Michael McCallum, Chair

    Mark Forgues, Clerk

    Michael Reggio

    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.

    Date: April 14, 1999

    John H. Brodie

    Constable of Ashby