Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Special Town Meeting

UPDATED - Read the results of the November 14, 2012 Special Town Meeting.

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Location:

Charles Forbes Kaye Gymnasium, Littleton Middle School, 55 Russell Street, Littleton, MA 01460 

Reports: TOWN MEETING REPORT: Articles, Motions, Recommendations - to be mailed to all households on October 31, 2012
Attorney General approves by-law amendments - 3/14/2013
 Resources:
Art. 11 - Meals Tax - map  - more info
Art. 12 - TIF - FIBA Technologies

Petition for Town Meeting article

Town Meeting Guidelines

Town meeting decisions

ARTICLE 1 - Board of Selectmen - Bills of Prior Years
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds a sum or sums of money to pay unpaid bills from prior fiscal years, or to take any other action in relation thereto.
Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $621.05 to pay for an unpaid bill from a previous fiscal year, as listed below:
Vendor / Dept. / Amount / Fiscal Year
Lowell Publishing Co/ / Police / $621.05 / FY 2012
Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen support Article 1. Declared passed by a unanimous vote (9/10th required). So voted.

ARTICLE 2 - Board of Selectmen - Fund Collective Bargaining Agreements
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds a sum or sums of money for the purpose of funding any new collective bargaining agreements between the Town and its employee unions, or to take any other action in relation thereto.
Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to raise and appropriate the following sums necessary to fund the cost items contained in collective bargaining agreements reached between the Town and its employee unions:

Collective Bargaining Agreement

Department/Budget

Amount

Massachusetts Coalition of Police, Local 204 (Police)

210 Police/Dispatch

$10,607.04

Massachusetts Coalition of Police, Local 204A (Dispatch)

210 Police/Dispatch

$ 7,579.44

Local 4599, I.A.F.F. (Fire)

220 Fire

$ 2,365.71

Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen support Article 2.  Declared passed by a unanimous vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 3 - Board of Selectmen / Personnel Board - Personnel By-law, Classification and Compensation Plan, Non-Union Employees
To see if the Town will vote to amend the Personnel By-law and Classification and Compensation Plan, Chapter 33 of the Town Code, as recommended by the Personnel Board, and further to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds a sum or sums of money to fund salary schedule adjustments for non-union employees, or to take any other action in relation thereto.
Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to amend the Personnel By-law and Classification and Compensation Plan, Chapter 33 of the Town Code, as recommended by the Personnel Board, as printed in the motion on pages 6-14 of the Town Meeting Report, and further to raise and appropriate the sum of $98,503 to fund salary schedule adjustments for non-union employees.
1. Amend the fourth paragraph of §33-6 to read as follows: “The Town agrees that, in all personnel matters, it will continue its policy of not discriminating against any person on any legally recognized basis. See §33-38.”
2. Amend §33-7.b. to read as follows: “Benefit Eligible Employee—Any employee regularly working at least 20 hours per week [see MGL c.32B, §2(d)] whose position is listed on Schedule A or Schedule B of the Classification and Compensation Plan.”
3. Amend §33-7.c to read as follows: “Non-Benefit Eligible Employee—Any employee who works less than 20 hours each week not eligible for benefits under MGL c.32B.”
4. Amend §33-7.e to read as follows: “On-Call or Temporary Employee: Any non-benefit eligible employee whose duration of employment with the Town is on an on-call or temporary basis.”
5. Amend §33-8.B.d to read as follows: “On-Call or Temporary”
6. Amend §33-13 to read as follows: “Step increases will be awarded on an annual basis on July 1st provided the employee has completed at least one (1) year of satisfactory performance. When an employee reaches the top step of the grade they will no longer be eligible for a step increase.”
7. Delete §33-15 in its entirety and replace it with the following:
§33-15. ANNUAL SALARY SCHEDULE REVIEW & ADJUSTMENT
The Personnel Board will annually consider and vote to adjust the Classification and Compensation Schedule.
8. Amend §33-18 to read as follows: “Hourly employees begin to accrue overtime after they have worked 40 hours in a work week and it must be pre-approved by the Appointing Authority and their budget must have funds available to cover overtime. In certain circumstances compensatory time may be used, but it should be used as an exception rather than the norm. Salaried employees are not eligible for compensatory time. Compensatory time must be recorded on the timesheets as hours accrue or hours used and it must be used within 30 days of the date on which it was earned or it is lost.”
9. Delete §33-22 in its entirety and replace it with the following:
§33-22. PERSONAL DAYS
Personal days provide a means for employees to secure limited time off when such time is needed for important personal reasons. All benefit eligible employees shall receive three (3) paid personal days on July 1st to use during the fiscal year.
A new employee hired after July 1st shall in that year receive paid personal days as follows:
• Three personal days if hired prior to October 1st;
• Two personal days if hired prior to January 1st;
• One personal day if hired prior to April 1st.
Personal days will be taken in half-day increments and cannot be carried over into the next fiscal year or paid out upon termination.
An employee’s request for personal time must be approved by the supervisor prior to use.
10. Amend §33-23.G to read as follows: “Employees may carry over any unused vacation time into the next fiscal year. In no case will the unused vacation time allowed to be carried into the next fiscal year be more than 5 weeks.”
11. Amend §33-24 to read as follows: “Personal leave of absence not to exceed 12 weeks may be granted by an Appointing Authority but shall be without compensation. A leave of absence of over 12 weeks duration shall be considered a break in employment and on return to work the employee shall have the status of a new employee unless an extension of leave beyond 12 weeks has been authorized by the Personnel Board in advance. Unless otherwise stated, personnel leave of absences without pay shall be considered inactive employment, where time spent on such leave does not count as service (time worked) for purposes of seniority, vacation, sick leave, longevity and other benefits. Those employees on an approved leave of absence who are removed from payroll are responsible for remitting their portion of the payment due for health and other insurance premiums to the Treasurer’s office within the requested time frame.”
12. Delete §33-25 in its entirety and replace it with the following:
§33-25. SICK LEAVE POLICY
1. SICK LEAVE - Sick leave is available to benefit eligible employees, limited to absences caused by illness, injury, exposure to contagious disease, illness of a member of an employee's immediate family as defined by FMLA guidelines or illness or disability arising out of or caused by pregnancy or childbirth.
A. Annual Benefit - Subject to limitations in the personnel policies, all benefit eligible non union employees shall be awarded fifteen (15) days of sick leave on July 1st of each fiscal year based on the number of hours scheduled in a normal workweek as of July 1st of each year. Part-time employees would receive a pro-rated number of hours based on their normal work week. For example, a full-time forty (40) hour per week employee would be awarded 120 sick hours at the beginning of the fiscal year. A 35 hour per week employee would be awarded 105 sick hours (15 days x 7 hours per day).
New employees, upon completion of thirty (30) days of continuous service for the Town, shall be awarded a pro-rated amount based on an accrual of 1.25 days per month rounded to ½ day increments for the remainder of the fiscal year (i.e. a full- time employee completing their 30 day period on November 15th would be awarded 9.5 sick days – 7.5 months x 1.25 days = 9.375 days rounded to 9.5 days x 8 hours per day = 76 sick hours). Part-time employees would receive a pro-rated number of hours based on their normal work week.
B. Employees shall be entitled to sick leave without loss of pay if the employee has notified their supervisor, or designee, of the absence and cause thereof within one hour of the start of the workday, or as soon thereafter as practicable. Sick leave may be taken in hourly increments.
C. Extended Absences - The Town may require employees absent from work due to illness or injury for 3 or more consecutive working days, to provide medical documentation concerning the nature, severity, and duration of the illness or injury. The Town may require an employee who seeks to return to work after being absent, whether paid or unpaid, for five (5) consecutive work days or more, to be examined by a Town selected physician to determine the employee's fitness for work. If the Town requires a medical certificate from a Town selected physician, the Town will pay the cost of the physician's services in examining the employee.
D. If an employee has been warned of sick leave abuse, the Town, in its exclusive discretion, may require medical documentation from an employee’s physician or a written certificate from a Town selected physician establishing incapacity, illness or injury as a condition of payment of sick leave benefits. The Town may initiate disciplinary action for employees engaged in sick leave abuse. If an employee uses sick leave for purposes other than legitimate illness or injury the employee may, at the Town's discretion, be subject to discipline up to and including discharge.
E. Sick leave may not be carried into the next fiscal year and no payment will be made for unused sick time upon termination of the employee for any reason. However at the end of the fiscal year, unused sick leave may be used to establish or replenish a Short Term Disability leave bank. For the period from January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013, any employee who uses two (2) or fewer sick leave days during this period shall be awarded, in exchange for one of the unused sick leave days, one additional Personal Day for use in the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2013. In successive years, employees using four (4) or fewer sick leave days in the preceding fiscal year shall be awarded, in return for two (2) of the unused sick leave days, two (2) additional personal days as of July 1 of the new fiscal year, for use in that year.
2. SHORT TERM DISABILITY - Short Term Disability benefits are available to eligible employees once they have completed six months of service or the end of their probationary period, whichever is greater.
A. Coverage Period - Employees who experience a personal illness or injury that causes a continuous and uninterrupted absence up to 26 weeks will be considered for short term disability (STD) benefits upon the 31st calendar day of uninterrupted absence. Employees that qualify for short-term disability benefits will be compensated beginning on the 31st calendar day of absence, at 60% of weekly base pay, not to exceed $1,000. The employee may augment their disability payment up to 100% of their normal weekly wage by using the following; accrued sick days, personal days accrued vacation days, and their Short-Term Disability Bank (any order).
B. Qualifications - An employee will qualify for short-term disability benefits upon meeting the eligibility requirements specified in the STD benefits document. The Town may engage a third-party administrator whose decisions regarding the availability or applicability of this benefit to a given individual or in a given situation shall not be subject to appeal by employees. In the event the Town does not have a third-party administrator, the Board of Selectmen will establish any benefit requirements. This benefit may also be modified or eliminated by the Board of Selectmen.
C. While on disability, an employee will be required to report to Human Resources at least once per week to provide a status update as to their condition and approximate date of return to work. During a period of disability, the employee will not continue to accrue sick or vacation time but will continue to participate in other benefits on the same basis as active employees. Employees shall not hold any type of employment during short term disability. Disability benefits may be offset by payments from retirement, social security, worker’s compensation, or other disability coverage (federal, state or county).
D. The STD bank may be established and replenished with unused sick time as stated in the sick leave policy, however at no time will the STD bank be allowed to exceed 40 days. No payment will be made for unused STD bank time upon termination of the employee for any reason.
E. Short Term Disability Bank - Employees hired prior to the effective date of this section (STM 11-14-2012) will be provided with a one- time credit of 40 days in a personal Short Term Disability Bank. The STD Bank may be used during the 30 day waiting period to augment wages, only when all current fiscal year accrued sick days, personal days and vacation days have been exhausted. The use of these STD days is only allowed in the event of a qualified STD leave.
3. LONG TERM DISABILITY -Benefit eligible employees are eligible for long term disability benefits after completing one year of employment or the end of their probationary period, whichever is greater.
A. Coverage Period - Employees who experience a personal illness or injury that causes a continuous and uninterrupted absence beyond 180 days will be considered for long term disability. This benefit can provide up to 60% of weekly base wage, not to exceed $5,000 per month. While on disability, an employee will be required to report to their supervisor at least once per week to provide a status update as to their condition and approximate date of return to work. During a period of disability, the employee will not continue to accrue sick or vacation time but will continue to participate in other benefits on the same basis as active employees. Seniority will freeze at current step while out on long term disability leave.
Disability benefits may be offset by payments from retirement, social security, worker’s compensation, or other disability coverage (federal, state or county).
B. Qualifications - An employee will qualify for long-term disability benefits upon meeting the eligibility requirements of the LTD provider who will be solely responsible for any disability determination or decision. In the event the Town does not have a long-term disability insurance policy in force, the Board of Selectmen will establish any benefit requirements.
13. Delete §33-26 in its entirety and replace it with the following:
§33-26. FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT
The Town is committed to complying with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), as the same may be amended from time to time. Our ‘Year’ for purposes of leave requests is a 12-month period measured forward from the first FMLA usage. The Town requires the use of accrued, available paid leave concurrently with FMLA leave.
14. Amend §33-30 to read as follows:
§33-30. INSURANCE BENEFITS
The Town of Littleton offers the following insurance coverage to its benefit eligible employees:
HEALTH INSURANCE
The Town of Littleton will offer health insurance in accordance with Chapter 32B of Massachusetts General Laws. Insurance deductions are taken automatically from the employee’s paycheck. Health Insurance is offered at the time of employment and during the annual open enrollment. Under COBRA law, employees may be entitled to continued coverage in the Town’s group health insurance plan effective upon termination of employment. The employee is responsible for 102% of the Premium. Specific information is available from the Treasurer’s Office.
Open enrollment is offered once a year, usually in early April. At this time employees have the opportunity to change their current benefit plans and coverage to suit their personal needs. Employees will be notified by the Treasurer’s Office of the dates of the open enrollment and when any changes will become effective.
If you are an active benefit eligible employee 65 or over you will remain on your current active health plan until you retire. At age 65, if you are Medicare eligible, you must apply for your Medicare coverage through Social Security and defer your Part B coverage until retirement.
RETIRED EMPLOYEES
Retired employees under age 65 will be covered by the Town’s active health plans until age 65. The retiree must enroll in Medicare, if eligible. The retiree may elect to participate in the Town’s Medigap insurance plan.
Retired employees not eligible for Medicare will remain on their current active plan upon providing proof that they are ineligible for Medicare.
BASIC LIFE INSURANCE
The basic life insurance offered by the Town is $10,000. The employer will automatically deduct this from the employee’s paycheck. This is term life insurance and expires upon termination of employment with the Town. Retiree coverage drops to $5,000 for half the cost. Life insurance is offered to new hires at the time of their employment. If you do not take this insurance you must sign a waiver of refusal.
OPTIONAL BENEFITS
Employees may select additional benefits offered by the Town. The costs of these benefits will be paid entirely by the employee.
15. Amend §33-35 to read as follows:
§ 33-35. REDUCTION IN FORCE (RIF)
In the event that, it becomes necessary to reduce the number of employees or their hours under the Personnel By-law, the Town of Littleton, in determining which of its employees are to be terminated, will take into consideration the departmental needs, the qualifications of such employees and the quality of their past performance.
Where, in the opinion of the appointing authority, the qualifications and quality of performance of employees are equal, employees will be terminated in the order of reverse seniority as employees of the department.
The employee will be notified whenever possible four (4) weeks in advance of the layoff or reduction in schedule, insofar as practicable.
A. An employee who has been laid off shall be entitled to recall rights to this same position for a period of two (2) years from the effective date of his/her layoff.
B. An employee recalled within one year of his/her day of lay off will return with service accrued up to the time of lay off.
C Recall notices shall be sent via certified or registered mail. Employees are required to keep the Town informed of their current mailing address.
D. An employee who is recalled must report to work within 14 calendar days of the date of mailing the recall notice or some other mutually agreed upon time.
16. Amend §33-36 to read as follows: “Employees covered by this by-law who have assigned office space are not permitted to work from home. Our goal is to have town offices open to the public whenever possible. The appointing authority of the employee must grant permission in writing for any exceptions to this policy.”
17. Amend §33-38 to read as follows: “As stated in Federal, and State Law and in accordance with the Town’s Equal Employment Opportunity, Discrimination, and Sexual Harassment Policy.”
18. Delete §33-41 in its entirety and replace it with the following:
§33-41. WORKERS COMPENSATION
Employees incurring work related injuries may receive payments under the Town’s Worker’s Compensation Insurance policy. Payments are made in accordance with State and Federal Workers Compensation laws and can be augmented to 100% of the employee’s normal weekly wage with the use of sick leave, vacation, and STD leave bank days.
Prior to returning to work, after a work related injury, employees will be required to present a fitness-for-duty certificate addressing their ability to perform the essential functions of the position.
19. Amend the TOWN OF LITTLETON, MASSACHUSETTS FY 2013 CLASSIFICATION & COMPENSATION PLAN to read as follows:

SCHEDULE A, Permanent Full and Part-time Employees

GRADE

STEP 1

STEP 2

STEP 3

STEP 4

STEP 5

STEP 6

STEP 7

STEP 8

Employees

1

hourly

$13.50

$13.97

$14.46

$14.97

$15.49

$16.03

$16.59

$17.17

annual

$28,188.00

$29,169.36

$30,192.48

$31,257.36

$32,343.12

$33,470.64

$34.639.92

$35,850.96

2

hourly

14.45

14.96

15.48

16.02

16.58

17.16

17.76

18.38

annual

30,171.60

31,236.48

32,322.24

33,449.76

34,619.04

35,830.08

37,082.88

38,377.44

3

hourly

15.46

16.00

16.56

17.14

17.74

18.36

19.00

19.67

annual

32,280.48

33,408.00

34,577.28

35,788.32

37,041.12

38,335.68

39,672.00

41,070.96

4

hourly

16.54

17.12

17.72

18.34

18.98

19.64

20.33

21.04

annual

34,535.52

35,746.56

36,999.36

38,293.92

39,630.24

41,008.32

42,449.04

43,931.52

5

hourly

17.70

18.32

18.96

19.62

20.31

21.02

21.76

22.52

annual

36,957.60

38,252.16

39,588.48

40,966.56

42,407.28

43,889.76

45,434.88

47,021.76

6

hourly

18.94

19.60

20.29

21.00

21.74

22.50

23.29

24.11

annual

39,546.72

40,924.80

42,365.52

43,848.00

45,393.12

46,980.00

48,629.52

50,341.68

7

hourly

20.27

20.98

21.71

22.47

23.26

24.07

24.91

25.78

annual

42,323.76

43,806.24

45,330.48

46,917.36

48,566.88

50,258.16

52,012.08

53,828.64

8

hourly

21.69

22.45

23.24

24.05

24.89

25.76

26.66

27.59

annual

45,288.72

46,875.60

48,525.12

50,216.40

51,970.32

53,786.88

55,666.08

57,607.92

9

hourly

23.32

24.14

24.98

25.85

26.75

27.69

28.66

29.66

annual

48,692.16

50,404.32

52,158.24

53,974.80

55,854.00

57,816.72

59,842.08

61,930.08

10

hourly

25.65

26.55

27.48

28.44

29.44

30.47

31.54

32.64

annual

53,557.20

55,436.40

57,378.24

59,382.72

61,470.72

63,621.36

65,855.52

68,152.32

11

hourly

28,73

29.74

30.78

31.86

32.98

34.13

35.32

36.56

annual

59,988.24

62,097.12

64,268.64

66,523.68

68,862.24

71,263.44

73,748.16

76,337.28

Senior Management

12

hourly

33.90

35.09

36.32

37.59

38.91

40.27

41.68

43.14

annual

70,783.20

73,267.92

75,836.16

78,487.92

81,244.08

84,083.76

87,027.84

90,076.32

13

hourly

40.00

41.40

42.85

44.35

45.90

47.51

49.17

50.89

annual

83,520.00

86,443.20

89,470.80

92,602.80

95,839.20

99,200.88

102,666.96

106,258.32

14

hourly

44.80

46.37

47.99

49.67

51.41

53.21

55.07

57.00

annual

93,542.40

96,820.56

100,203.12

103,710.96

107,344.08

111,102.48

114,986.16

119,016.00

15

hourly

50.18

51.94

53.76

55.64

57.59

59.61

61.70

63.86

annual

104,775.84

108,450.72

112,250.88

116,176.32

120,247.92

124,465.68

128,829.60

133,339.68

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRADE 1
No positions assigned
GRADE 2
Cemetery Laborer
GRADE 3
Library Assistant
GRADE 4
Building Maintenance Custodian
Department Clerk
Driver’s Education Instructor I
Financial Technician
GRADE 5
Assessing Clerk
Cemetery Groundskeeper
Driver’s Education Instructor II
Library Technician
P/T Communications Officer
LCTV – P/T Program Coordinator
GRADE 6
Administrative Assistant – Building
Administrative Assistant – Conservation
Administrative Assistant – Fire
Administrative Assistant – Highway
Administrative Clerk – Collector / Clerk
Senior Library Technician
Special Programs Instructor
Program Specialist I
GRADE 7
Business Administrator – Highway
Executive Assistant to the Police Chief
Payroll and Finance Coordinator
Reserve Police Officer
Library Office Coordinator
GRADE 8
Assistant Town Clerk
Program Specialist II
GRADE 9
Assistant Assessor
Assistant Director-PRCE
Assistant Town Accountant
Building Maintenance Supervisor
Cemetery Superintendent
Conservation Coordinator
Driver’s Education Program Coordinator
Elder and Human Services Outreach Coordinator and Respite Care
Executive Assistant to the Town Administrator
Senior Librarian
Head of Circulation and Interlibrary Loan/Senior Librarian
Technical Services/Senior Librarian
Children’s Services/Senior Librarian
Young Adult Services/Reference Services/ Senior Librarian
GRADE 10
Inspector of Wires
GRADE 11
Assistant Treasurer and HR Administration
Director of Elder and Human Services
Littleton Cable Television Executive Director
Planning Administrator/Permit Coordinator
Tax Collector
Town Clerk**
GRADE 12
Building Commissioner/Zoning Enforcement Officer
Chief Assessor/Appraiser
Director of PRCE
Highway Operations Manager and Superintendent
Information Systems Manager
Town Treasurer
Deputy Police Chief*
Library Director*
GRADE 13
Assistant Town Administrator for Finance & Budget*
Fire Chief*
GRADE 14
Chief of Police*
GRADE 15
Town Administrator*
    Management contract (*) and elected (**) positions not subject to this By-law

SCHEDULE B:
On-Call Meeting Clerk $11.65 per hour

SCHEDULE B1 – Other Employees

GRADE

STEP 1

STEP 2

STEP 3

STEP 4

STEP 5

1 hourly

$11.08

$11.30

$11.53

$11.76

$12.00

2 hourly

$13.86

$14.14

$14.42

$14.71

$15.00

Grade 1
COA Dispatcher
Grade 2
COA Van Driver

SCHEDULE B2 – Temporary /Seasonal Employees

GRADE

STEP 1

STEP 2

STEP 3

STEP 4

1 hourly

$13.50

$13.77

$14.05

$14.33

2 hourly

$14.45

$14.74

$15.03

$15.33

3 hourly

$15.46

$15.77

$16.09

$16.41

4 hourly

$16.54

$16.87

$17.21

$17.55

Grade 1
No positions assigned
Grade 2
Seasonal Highway Laborer
Grade 3
No positions assigned
Grade 4
Seasonal Truck Driver/Laborer
Step increases on Schedule B-2 will be awarded on the basis of performance as determined by the Department Head.

SCHEDULE D: Fire Department On-Call

GRADE

STEP 1

STEP 2

STEP 3

STEP 4

STEP 5

STEP 6

1 hourly

$10.00

 

 

 

 

 

2 hourly

$14.00

$14.28

$14.57

$14.86

$15.16

$15.46

3 hourly

$14.56

$14.85

$15.15

$15.45

$15.76

$16.08

4 hourly

$15.14

$15.44

$15.75

$16.07

$16.39

$16.72

5 hourly

$15.59

$15.90

$16.22

$16.54

$16.87

$17.21

6 hourly

$16.06

$16.38

$16.71

$17.04

$17.38

$17.73

7 hourly

$16.54

$16.87

$17.21

$17.55

$17.90

$18.26

8 hourly

$17.04

$17.38

$17.73

$18.08

$18.44

$18.81

9 hourly

$17.55

$17.90

$18.26

$18.63

$19.00

$19.38

10 hourly

$18.08

$18.44

$18.81

$19.19

$19.57

$19.96

On-Call Stipend $4.00/hour
Grade 1
Probationary Firefighter or EMT
Grade 2
No positions assigned
Grade 3
On-Call Firefighter
On-Call EMT
Grade 4
Firefighter/EMT
Grade 5
No positions assigned
Grade 6
No positions assigned
Grade 7
Firefighter/EMT (Firefighter I/II or advanced EMT certification
Grade 8
Lieutenant
Grade 9
Captain
Grade 10
Deputy Chief
Step increases on Schedule D will be awarded on the basis of performance as determined by the Fire Chief.
Finance Committee, Board of Selectmen and Personnel Board support Article 3. Declared passed by a unanimous vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 4 - Board of Selectmen - FY 2013 Budget Amendments
To see if the Town will vote to amend the FY 2013 Operating Budget, as adopted pursuant to Article 4 of the May 7, 2012 Annual Town Meeting, by adjusting budget line items, or to take any other action in relation thereto.
Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to amend the FY 2013 Operating Budget, as adopted pursuant to Article 4 of the May 7, 2012 Annual Town Meeting, by adjusting budget line items, as follows:

Budget

Line Item

FY 2013

Budget

Adjustment

FY 2013 Adjusted

155

Information Systems Expenses

$131,300

               +$5,000

$136,300

161

Town Clerk Elected Salaries

48,950

+3,545

52,495

193

General Insurance

300,000

+40,000

340,000

194

OPEB Funding

550,000

+139,835

689,835

194

Employee Benefits (retirement assessment)

5,067,865

(40,000)

5,027,865

210

Police Wages (Dispatch Center)

1,522,342

+10,235

1,532,577

610

Library Personal Services

367,170

(25,000)

342,170

610

Library Expenses

67,381

+25,000

92,381

TOTAL

Appropriated Budgets

$34,565,618

+$158,615

$34,724,233 

Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen support Article 4. Declared passed by a unanimous vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 5  - Board of Selectmen - Joint Municipal-School Facility Assessment Study
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $20,000 to be added to the $30,000 appropriated under Article 8, Item J of the May 2, 2011 Annual Town Meeting to undertake a joint municipal-school facility assessment study to be conducted by the Permanent Municipal Building Committee, or to take any other action in relation thereto.
Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $20,000 to be added to the $30,000 appropriated under Article 8, Item J of the May 2, 2011 Annual Town Meeting to undertake a joint municipal-school facility assessment study to be conducted by the Permanent Municipal Building Committee.
Finance Committee, Board of Selectmen, School Committee, and Permanent Municipal Building Committee support Article 5. Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 6 - Board of Selectmen - Supplemental Borrowing: Roadway Improvement Plan
To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the sum of $1,000,000 for the purpose of undertaking roadway improvements, and that to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is authorized to borrow said sum under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7(6), of the General Laws, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the Town therefor, or to take any other action in relation thereto
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otion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to appropriate the sum of $1,000,000 for the purpose of undertaking roadway improvements, and that to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is authorized to borrow said sum under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7(6), of the General Laws, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the Town therefor.
Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen support Article 6. Declared passed by a unanimous vote (2/3rds vote required). So voted.

ARTICLE 7 - Board of Water Commissioners - Borrowing: Redevelopment of Well #2, Treatment Plant
To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money for the purpose of funding redevelopment of the # 2 Well Production Facility and Treatment Plant of the Town of Littleton Water Department, to improve well capacity and meet new MADEP drinking water regulations; and that to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is authorized to borrow said sum under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 8 (3), (4A), of the General Laws, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the Town therefor, or to take any other action in relation thereto.
Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Water Commissioners that the Town vote to appropriate the sum of $3,750,000 for the purpose of funding redevelopment of the # 2 Well Production Facility and Treatment Plant of the Town of Littleton Water Department, to improve well capacity and meet new MassDEP drinking water regulations; and that to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is authorized to borrow said sum under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 8 (3), (4A), of the General Laws, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the Town therefor; and further, that although the borrowing authorized by this vote must constitute a general obligation of the Town pursuant to Chapter 44 of the General Laws, it is the intention of the Town that the repayment of any borrowing authorized hereunder shall, in the first instance, be made from water system revenues.
Finance Committee, Board of Water Commissioners and Board of Selectmen support Article 7. Declared passed by a unanimous vote (2/3rds vote required). So voted.

ARTICLE 8 - Board of Water Commissioners - Oak Hill, Newtown Hill, and Well #2 Co-Location Leases
To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Water Commissioners to lease co-location sites at the existing Oak Hill, Newtown Hill and Well # 2 wireless telecommunication facilities, for a minimum of five years, with an option to renew for five years, to co-locators who shall be the winners of competitive bids, selected pursuant to Chapter 30B of the General Laws, for the purpose of operating wireless telecommunication facilities thereon, with each such site subject to the issuance of a special permit from the Planning Board; provided that as a term of each such lease the Town shall, as a minimum, receive payments of $1,500 a month during the Option/Lease period with a 3% annual rent escalation, and payment for additional in-kind services to be provided to the Water Department; and provided further that the rental proceeds from each lease of a co-location site at Oak Hill or Newtown Hill shall be deposited by the Treasurer into the Conservation Commission Land Acquisition account and the rental proceeds from each lease of a co-location site at Well #2 shall be deposited directly into the Water Department Water Surplus Fund, or to take any other action in relation thereto.
Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Water Commissioners that the Town vote to approve Article 8 as printed in the warrant.
Finance Committee, Board of Water Commissioners, and Board of Selectmen support Article 8. Declared passed by a 2/3rds vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 9 - Board of Selectmen - Stabilization Fund
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $119,845.00 for the Stabilization Fund in accordance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 5B for the twelve month period beginning July 1, 2012, or to take any other action in relation thereto.
Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $119,845.00 for the Stabilization Fund in accordance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 5B for the twelve month period beginning July 1, 2012.
Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen support Article 9. Declared passed by a unanimous vote (2/3rds vote required). So voted.

ARTICLE 10 - Board of Selectmen - Personal Exemption Amounts
To see if the Town will vote to accept Chapter 73 of the Acts and Resolves of 1986, as amended by Chapter 126 of the Acts and Resolves of 1988, and under the provisions thereof to grant additional real estate tax exemptions for fiscal year 2013 to those persons who otherwise qualify for an exemption under Clauses 17D, 22, 22A, 22B, 22C, 22D, 22E, 37A or 41C of section 5 of Chapter 59 of the General Laws (elderly persons, disabled veterans, or blind persons), in an amount equal to twenty percent (20%) of said exemption, or to take any other action in relation thereto.
Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to approve Article 10 as printed in the warrant.
Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen support Article 10. Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 11 - Board of Selectmen - Adopt Local Meals Excise
To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of Section 2(a) of Chapter 64L of the Massachusetts General Laws to impose a local meals excise to take effect on January 1, 2013, or to take any other action in relation thereto.
Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to accept the provisions of Section 2(a) of Chapter 64L of the Massachusetts General Laws to impose a local meals excise to take effect on January 1, 2013.
Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen support Article 11. Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 12 - Board of Selectmen - Tax Increment Financing – 53 Ayer Road
To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to adopt a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Plan and TIF Agreement for the property located at 53 Ayer Road, Littleton, MA, containing approximately 62.74 acres, more or less, as shown on Assessors Map R21, Parcel 9, including designation as a TIF Zone, under Chapter 40, Section 59 of the General Laws; to authorize the Board of Selectmen to execute the TIF Agreement, and any documents relating thereto, and to take such other actions as are necessary or appropriate to implement those documents; and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to file an application with the Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council for approval and designation of said property as an Economic Opportunity Area, or to take any other action in relation thereto.
Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to approve Article 12 as printed in the warrant.
Finance Committee, Board of Selectmen, and Planning Board support Article 12. Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 13 - Board of Selectmen - Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-off Abatement Program
To see if the Town will vote to amend its vote under Article 22 of the May 8, 2000 Annual Town Meeting, which accepted the provisions of Section 5K of Chapter 59 of the Massachusetts General Laws, to authorize the Board of Selectmen to establish a program to allow senior citizens who qualify for participation to volunteer to provide services to the Town in exchange for a reduction in the real property tax obligations of that senior citizen on the senior citizen’s tax bills, in addition to any exemption or abatement to which that person is otherwise entitled, not to exceed $1,000.00 and not to exceed the current minimum wage of the Commonwealth per hour; and further to see if the Town will vote to adjust the exemption by (1) allowing an approved representative for persons physically unable to provide such services to the Town; or (2) allowing the maximum reduction of the real property tax bill to be based on 125 volunteer service hours in a given year, rather than $1,000.00, or take any other action in relation thereto.
Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to approve Article 13 as printed in the warrant.
Finance Committee, Board of Selectmen, and Council on Aging support Article 13. Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 14 - Board of Selectmen - Veterans Property Tax Work-off Abatement Program
To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of Section 5N of Chapter 59 of the Massachusetts General Laws authorizing the Board of Selectmen to establish a program to allow Veterans who qualify for participation to volunteer to provide services to the Town in exchange for a reduction in the real property tax obligations of that veteran on the veteran’s tax bills, in addition to any exemption or abatement to which that person is otherwise entitled, not to exceed $1,000.00 and not to exceed the current minimum wage of the Commonwealth per hour; and further to see if the Town will vote to adjust the exemption by (1) allowing an approved representative for persons physically unable to provide such services to the Town; or (2) allowing the maximum reduction of the real property tax bill to be based on 125 volunteer service hours in a given year, rather than $1,000.00, or take any other action in relation thereto.
Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to approve Article 14 as printed in the warrant.
Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen support Article 14. Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 15 - Board of Selectmen - Veterans Organization Property Tax Exemption
To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of Clause 5B of Section 5 of Chapter 59 of the Massachusetts General Laws to exempt from taxation the real and personal property belonging to or held in trust for the benefit of incorporated organizations of veterans of any war in which the United States has been engaged, to the extent of seven hundred thousand dollars ($700,000), if used and occupied by such association, and if the net income from said property is used for charitable purposes starting with the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2012; provided, however, that such estate shall not be exempt for any year in which such association or the trustees holding for the benefit of such association willfully omit to file with the assessors the list and statement required by Section 29 of Chapter 59 of the General Laws, or take any action in relation thereto.
Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to approve Article 15 as printed in the warrant.
Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen support Article 15. Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 16 - Board of Selectmen - Tax Title Abutter Lot Sales Program – List of Parcels
To see if the Town will vote to add the following list of properties to the “Tax Title Abutter Lot Sales Program” established by Article 10 of the November 14, 2011 Special Town Meeting:
Map/Parcel     Lot Size         Address
U17-365         4,366 sq.ft.     Washington Drive
U17-183         4,608 sq.ft.     Grove Road
or to take any other action in relation thereto.
Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to approve Article 16 as printed in the warrant.
Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen support Article 16. Declared passed by a unanimous vote (2/3rds vote required). So voted.

ARTICLE 17 - Board of Selectmen - By-law Amendment: Town Meetings
To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town Code by amending Chapter 41, Town Meetings, by deleting §41-3, thereof, which currently reads as follows:
  §41-3. Mailing of notice. A postcard notice of every Special Town Meeting shall be mailed to each occupied dwelling at least fourteen (14) days before the day appointed for said special meeting, except where said Special Town Meeting Warrant appears in the Annual Town Report
And by inserting in place thereof, the following:
  §41-3. Town Meeting Report. For every annual and special town meeting, the Board of Selectmen shall mail to each occupied dwelling at least fourteen (14) days prior to said meeting a Town Meeting Report containing the full text of the articles as posted in the warrant; proposed motions and town board recommendations, if any; and concise explanations of each article, including the fiscal impact of any financial articles. The Town Meeting Report for the annual town meeting shall include the Finance Committee's report to the voters.
or to take any other action in relation thereto.
Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to approve Article 17 as printed in the warrant.
Board of Selectmen and Study Committee to Increase Voter Participation support Article 17. Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 18 - Board of Selectmen - By-law Amendment: Valuable Second Hand Items
To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town Code by:
1. Adding a new Chapter 163, Valuable Second Hand Items, to read as follows:
  Chapter 163. Valuable Second Hand Items
  §163-1. Dealers in Gold, Silver and Other Valuable Secondhand Items License Required.
  No person who makes a business of purchasing, or purchasing and selling, or who keeps a place of business in the Town of Littleton for purchasing, or purchasing and selling, either gold or silver, coins, stamps, other precious metals, jewelry, and electronics shall engage in such business or open such place of business for the said purposes unless duly licensed by the Board of Selectmen. This by-law shall not pertain to businesses within Littleton that take items in on consignment or that are licensed as Antique Dealers.
  §163-2. Application for License; Term of License; Fee.
  Each application for a license shall set forth the name of the party to be licensed, the nature of the business and the building or place in which it is to be carried on. Any license granted under this Article shall continue in force until the first day of January next ensuing unless sooner revoked by the Board of Selectmen. Each license shall specify the kind and character of the business to be carried on and the fee for such license shall be determined by the Board of Selectmen.
  §163-3. Record of Purchases.
  A. Every dealer or keeper of a shop shall record, at the time of purchase, the name, age, and residence, giving a street and number, of the person from whom the purchase was made. Such name, age and residence shall be obtained by the production of a valid photo identification issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, passport or out of state driver’s license containing a photo of the seller. Such record shall consist of a digital photograph taken of such identification, alongside the item/s being purchased, so as to match the seller with the item/s. Said photograph to be of high enough resolution as to make possible the positive identification of the article in question. At the time of purchase the day, date and hour of the purchase shall also be recorded, either through the device producing the photograph or in writing by the shop clerk. No entry on such record shall be changed, erased, obliterated or defaced. Such record shall be maintained on a form approved by the Chief of Police and shall have the ability to be reproduced. Said record of purchase shall be delivered to the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) at the Littleton Police Department, or through agreed upon electronic means, on a weekly schedule, to be determined by the CID. Said record shall be kept in some suitable place by the owner or dealer, on the premises of the licensed business, and shall be available for inspection by any person authorized by the Board of Selectmen.
  B. For the purposes of this By-Law the term “purchase” shall refer to a retail transaction between the shop owner and a private citizen. It shall not include purchases made off site, such as at an estate sale, or trade show. It shall also not pertain to dealer to dealer transactions on or off site.
  §163-4. Articles Purchased To Be Kept For 21 Days Before Resale Or Removal From Littleton.
  A. No such item purchased or received by any dealer or keeper of a shop shall be removed from the town or sold or otherwise disposed of, nor its identity changed, for at least twenty-one (21) days from its date of purchase, unless permission in writing has been obtained from the Chief of Police, or his designee, who may request to observe and photograph such item.
  B. Exemptions to the Holding Period:
  (1) Coins that are purchased shall not be subject to the 21 day holding period, provided that that they are properly recorded in the following manner:
   a. Type coins shall be photographed alongside the picture identification of the seller, individually or in groups, so that the face of each coin is plainly visible; and
   b. For commodity coins purchased in quantity, a single representative coin for each denomination (i.e. nickels, dimes, quarters, etc.) shall be photographed alongside the picture identification of the seller, and the licensee shall further document with the photograph the total number of each denomination purchased and the years of issuance of each coin within a given denomination.
  §163-5. Purchase From Persons Under Eighteen Years Of Age Prohibited.
  No dealer or keeper of a shop shall directly or indirectly receive or buy any such items from any person under the age of eighteen (18) years.
  §163-6. Display of License.
  Each such dealer or keeper of a shop shall have conspicuously displayed his license at the place where he does business.
  §163-7. Revocation of License.
  Any violation of any provision of the license or any rule or regulation that may be adopted by the Board of Selectmen in accordance with this Article shall be sufficient cause and reason to revoke said license. Prior to any suspension or revocation, the Board of Selectmen shall hold a public hearing, giving written notice to the licensee. Such notice shall be mailed by certified mail, return receipt requested, or shall be delivered in hand by a constable authorized to provide such service.
  §163-8. Penalty for Violation Of Article.
  Violations of any provision of this Article may be addressed by way of criminal complaint or through the procedure for noncriminal disposition provided in section 21D of Chapter 40 of the General Laws. In the event of such noncriminal disposition, a noncriminal penalty shall be assessed a penalty of three hundred ($300.00) dollars.
  Each offense will require a meeting with the Board of Selectmen to discuss corrective measures to be taken.
  §163-9. Examination and inspection of Records, Articles and Merchandise.
  The Chief of Police, or his designees, and any authorized representative of the Littleton Board of Selectmen, or its designees, shall at all times have the authority to inspect or examine all books kept by the keeper or dealer of a shop as well as to inspect and examine all articles and merchandise therein.
  §163-10. Hours of Operation.
  No dealer or keeper of a shop shall purchase or conduct business except between the hours of 7:00a.m. until 9:00 p.m; and
2. By amending §1-4 (Noncriminal disposition of certain violations) by adding new subsection §1-4.B(1)(r), to read as follows:
  (r) Valuable Second Hand Items Bylaw (Chapter 163)
  [1] Fine allowed: $300.
  [2] Enforcement agents: Police Officers.
  [3] Fine Schedule: $300 per violation.
or to take any other action in relation thereto.
Motion:
Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to approve Article 18 as printed in the warrant, subject to the following two modifications: 1. The last sentence in §163-3B shall be deleted and replaced with: "It shall also not pertain to dealer-to-dealer transactions on or off site."; 2. Insert, after the fourth sentence of Section 163-3.A a new sentence to read as follows: "In the case of all electronics bearing a serial number, an additional photograph recording the serial number shall be taken."; and 3. In §163.3 insert, after the word "defaced" ",and shall be kept in a secure location"; insert, after the second to last sentence, "After transfer that is acknowledged by the Littleton Police Department, the owner or dealer shall destroy said records."; strike "Board of Selectmen" and insert in place thereof "Chief of Police."
Board of Selectmen supports Article 18.  Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.