COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

SPECIAL TOWN MEETING

Middlesex, as:

To: Constable of the Town of Ashby:

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 Ashby Elementary School Auditorium in said Ashby, Wednesday, March 10, 1999 at 7:00 p.m. to act on the following articles:

SPECIAL TOWN MEETING ARTICLES

Article 1. To see if the Town will vote to approve the $2.5 million debt authorized by a vote of the North Middlesex Regional District School Committee on January 11, 1999 to incur such debt for financing the costs of designing, engineering and constructing (1) a new roof for the North Middlesex Regional High School, including costs incidental and related thereto, (2) window replacement at the old gymnasium, and (3) HVAC upgrade work, and further to raise and appropriate by borrowing $449,050', which constitutes Ashby's share for said costs, provided that no debt shall be incurred and no funds voted hereunder shall be expended unless and until the Town of Ashby shall vote to exempt such debt from the provisions of Proposition 2 1/2, so called, and provided further that a failure to achieve approval if a debt exclusion on a ballot under the provisions of Proposition 2 1/2, so called, shall be and is hereby deemed a disapproval by the Town of the district's vote to incur such debt, and provided further that no funds shall be expended hereunder unless and until the other member towns have also voted to appropriate their proportional share for this purpose, or take any action thereon.

FINANCE COMMITTEE ACTION: DISAPPROVED

Article 2. To see if the Town will vote to amend Article 11, Section 2 of the General By-Laws by striking therefrom in its entirety the single sentence appearing therein, and inserting in place thereof the following sentence, namely: "The Annual Town Election shall be held on the fourth Monday of April each year. The polls shall open from 7:00 a.m. and shall close at 8:00 p.m. every third year, starting April, 1999 to coincide with At-Large School District-Wide elections. The other two years the polls shall be open from 12:00 noon and shall close at 7:30 p.m. and to delete Section 3 in its entirety, and to renumber the remaining Sections 4 - 19, as 3 - 18, of Article 11 to reflect the absence of Section 3, or take any action thereon.

FINANCE COMMITTEE ACTION: NO ACTION

Article 3. To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $800 from Town Accountant Clerical, #01-5-135-003 to Town Accountant's Salary, #01-5-000 for the purpose of compensating the Town Accountant, or take any action thereon.

FINANCE COMMITTEE ACTION: APPROVED

Article 4. To see if the Town will vote to amend Zoning Map to change the existing Residential\Commercial district along Fitchburg State Road to Residential/Commercial District A and to change the Residential/Commercial district along Main Street as Residential/Commercial District B, and to make certain changes to the Zoning Bylaw as follows:

to section 6.1 add the words "in all residential/commercial districts: following the words; permitted uses", and to section 6.2 add the words "in all residential/commercial districts, "following the words "special permits" and

to create section "6.4 Residential/Commercial District A" and 6.4.1 Permitted Uses" and "6.4.2 Special Permits: Uses which may be allowed by the Board of Appeals after a public hearing and subject to appropriate regulations, if determined to be neither offensive nor detrimental to the residential/commercial area", and

to create sections "6.5 Residential/Commercial District B" and 6.5.1 Permitted Uses" and 6.5.2 Special Permits: Uses which may be allowed by the Board of Appeals after a public hearing and subject to appropriate regulations, if determined to be neither offensive nor detrimental to the residential/commercial area." and

to renumber the following sections and move each section to consecutive placement in newly created section 6.4; (1) existing section 6.14 shall be renumbered to 6.4.1.1; (2) existing section 6.205 shall be renumbered 6.4.2.1; (3) existing section 6.209 shall be renumbered to 6.4.2.2; (4) existing section 6.212 shall be renumbered to 6.4.2.3; (5) existing section 6.208 shall be renumbered to 6.4.2.4 and

to add section "6.5.1.1 One sign of one or two sides no larger than 30 sq. ft. )3.2 sq. m) per side. No electric signs of any type will be permitted except those illuminated by stationary floodlight." And

to add section "6.5.1.2 No outside display of merchandise shall be permitted except agricultural and horticultural products." and

to add section "6.5.1.3 Post Office." and

to add section "6.5.2.1 Hotel, restaurant with or without liquor license provided no drive up or curbside food service shall be allowed.", or take any action thereon.

FINANCE COMMITTEE ACTION: 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 fourteen (14) 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 24th day of February 1999.

Michael McCallum

Mark Forgues

Michael Reggio

Chair

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 fourteen days before the time of the Special Town Meeting.

February 24, 1999

John H. Brodie

 

CONSTABLE OF ASHBY